Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
U.S. | By Rene Hicks

Nearly all school budgets in NY state win voter approval

Nearly all school budgets in NY state win voter approval

Fire Island: In that community, voters approved their school budget 42 to nothing and elected Judi Phelan and Vernon Henriksen to the board with 40 and 42 votes respectively.

Of those 13 districts, 10 - including New Paltz and Rhinebeck - had their budgets approved.

The budget passed 2,453 to 746.

"My message has been that we've been reactive for too long, because of pressures of the tax cap and growing enrollment", she said. The school budget passed 3,159 to 1,116 and the library budget passed 3,362 to 866.

The law also states that after the first two months of school districts can apply for a waiver from the state to allow class sizes to increase by no more than three students.

The tax levy will increase by about 2.67 percent.

Bruce Tryon, Steve Philbrick and Susan Emerson Strasser, all incumbents and unopposed school board candidates, were re-elected.

Avon voters approved the district's $20,730,149 budget proposal by a 259 to 33 count.

In Schenectady schools, this year's spending plan boosts spending 4.26 percent, while cutting the tax levy by $1.1 million, or 2.04 percent.

The district was also authorized to spend up to $520,000 to purchase up to five new school buses. A proposition to establish a capital reserve fund passed 392-82, and funding for Weedsport Public Library passed 367-105.

Sharon Springs's budget passed 121-15, and the bus vote was 111-22.

BUFFALO, NY- People across the state head to the polls to vote on their school district's budget today.

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The new school's site plan was approved at the city of Lodi Planning Commission's meeting last week.

District voters also approved the establishment of a capital reserve fund to help finance future building projects. The single school board seat went to Ernest W. Kuehl Jr., who ran unopposed, and got 423 votes. Incumbent Maureen Bernhardt with 299 votes finished third.

Schoharie voters approved a $23.4 million budget 389-143 on Tuesday.

The spending plan is a 1.62 percent spending increase from the 2016-17 budget.

Valley Grove School Board members reviewed the district's proposed budget for the 2017-18 school year at their meeting Monday. Renee Lipiski-Munn (352) was elected to a three-year term on the school board and Colleen Battalino (275) was elected to a one-year term. "Some districts were even able to restore positions lost during leaner budgeting years".

The Eastland School District is expecting a slight deficit in its transportation fund because of a lack of state payments.

The 2017/18 Scarsdale School budget was approved by 81% of Scarsdale voters at the election on Tuesday May 16, 2017.

Voter turnout was light - with a total of 473 votes cast in the budget vote, the fewest in the seven years we have tracked budget and bond votes. These cost increases represent budget growth of 1.11 percent.

Randall Snell (288 votes) and Sarah Barnes (262) were elected to three-year school board seats. Annette Gustafson received 223 votes.

Chenango Valley School District: $37,342,387 budge passed by a vote of 467-72.

This exceeds the tax cap by a little more than 2 percent, which required at least 60 percent approval in order to pass.

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