Staff cuts would be less than originally anticipated under a 2013-14 Linwood school budget that increases a homeowner’s school tax rate by about 2.6 percent.

For the average residential assessment of $381,607 in 2012 — the 2013 average is not yet available — the rate means an annual school tax bill of about $5,407, an increase of about $138 over this current school year.

The budget, including capital reserves, is about $14.2 million, including a tax levy of almost $11.2 million — an increase from last school year of just under 2 percent, School Business Administrator Teri Weeks said.

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“The majority of (the increase) is salaries and benefits,” Linwood Superintendent Tom Baruffi said.

The budget includes fewer position cuts than previously planned because the district will receive more state aid than expected, Baruffi said. Linwood will receive $1.6 million in state aid in 2013-14, about $27,579 more than this year.

Instead of three full-time positions being eliminated — including a Spanish teaching position — and a math teaching position and special education position reduced to part-time, the latest proposal would include the loss of one full-time teaching position on the elementary level, two full-time aide positions and another aide position reduced to part time.

The tax rate would rise to slightly less than $1.42 per $100 of assessed value, or $1,417 per $100,000, compared with slightly more than $1.38 per $100 for this current year. The rate does not include school, county, Mainland Regional district or other types of property taxes.

The budget was approved at a Board of Education meeting on Monday.

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