Friday, January 10, 2014
By James Lomuscio
Westport Board of Education members hunkered down today in the Westport Library McManus Room to pore over School Superintendent Elliott Landon’s $110.96 million proposed operating budget for 2014-16.
The proposed budget represents a 6.51 percent increase. 2.2 percent higher than expected due to a $2 million health insurance shortfall discovered in the 2013-14 budget’s health insurance fund.
“For the first time in 15 years of preparing proposed school budgets for the Westport Public Schools, I have been forced to deal with a budget shortfall in the health insurance account that places great stress on the budget, a shortfall that forces an extraordinarily large increase in projected expenses,” Landon stated in a letter at the beginning of his multi-page budget binder outlining next year’s proposed budget.
For next year, in addition to an insurance shortfall of $1.48 million, Landon recommends an insurance margin of $742,600 based on input from the school system’s insurance consultant Segal & Co. “to protect against future, unanticipated expenditures.
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