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The Telegram
  • School budgets pass easily

  • Voters in the new Central Valley Central School District went to the polls Tuesday and approved the district’s proposed $44,125,000 budget for the 2013 - 2014 school year by a vote of 364 in favor to 142 opposed.

    The proposal increases spending 4.9 percent, or $2,062,390, compared to the combined budgets of the former Ilion and Mohawk school districts.

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  • Voters in the new Central Valley Central School District went to the polls Tuesday and approved the district’s proposed $44,125,000 budget for the 2013 - 2014 school year by a vote of 364 in favor to 142 opposed.
    The proposal increases spending 4.9 percent, or $2,062,390, compared to the combined budgets of the former Ilion and Mohawk school districts.
    As presented in the merger study, Ilion residents will see an approximate two percent increase in the true value tax rate compared to 2012 - 2013; Mohawk residents will see an approximate 15.64 percent decrease in the true value tax rate.
    Other area school districts also saw their budgets and other propositions pass.
    Herkimer
    Herkimer Central School District residents voted 422 to 283 to approve a $20,736, 480 spending plan that carries a tax levy increase of $305,018, or four percent, over the tax levy for the current year.
    Voters also passed a proposition to purchase two school buses — a 66-passenger bus and a wheelchair accessible bus — at a total maximum cost of $170,000 by a 412 to 273 vote. These would replace buses in the fleet that are approximately 10 years old.
    Elected to school board seats were Daniel Voce with 468 votes, Robert Mihevc with 485 and Carl Lohmann with 444.
    A proposition to establish the Frank J. Basloe Public Library as a school district public library and authorize the library to raise $270,930 to support and maintain the library passed by a vote of 435 to 239.
    The library is currently a department of the village of Herkimer and receives most of its support from the village. This proposal makes the library’s service area and base of support equivalent to that of the school district.
    Library trustees will be elected by district voters; they have been appointed by the village board.
    Library trustees were elected as follows: Charles Collins received 439 votes; Michelle Andersen, 426; Adam Hutchinson, 382; and Philip Kane, 417.  Jane Guzewich received 21 votes for the fifth available seat on the board.
    “The trustees and staff and I would like to thank the community for approving this,” said Librarian Lesley Paul. “This will guarantee long-term financial stability for the library and we hope Basloe Library can be here to serve generations to come.”
    She said work is beginning on the transition process, which involves some legalities and new procedures. She estimates the entire process will take about four months.
    Frankfort-Schuyler
    Frankfort-Schuyler Central School District residents voted 274 to 72 to approve the $17,657,224 proposed budget for the 2013 - 2014 school year. The spending plan carries a tax levy increase of 3.5 percent.
    Two incumbent board members were re-elected with Jack Bono receiving 291 votes and Dominick Bellino, 185. Challenger Michael Clements garnered 163 votes.
    West Canada Valley
    West Canada Valley Central School District voters approved the proposed $15,089,196 budget for 2013 - 2014 by a vote of 378 to 127. The budget carries a 3.5 percent increase in the tax levy.
    Page 2 of 3 - A bus proposition passed by a vote of 398 to 105.
    Five candidates were on the ballot to run for three seats on the school board. Incumbent Robin Louis had 355 votes, Stephen Keblish Jr., 309 votes, and Karen Murphy, 281, to win the seats. Kimberly Farrell followed with 270 votes and Craig Fehlhaber received 123.
    Poland
    Poland Central School District residents voted 157-57 Tuesday to approve the district’s proposed $13.67 million budget for the 2013 - 2014 school year. The budget is a 3.57 percent increase from this school year’s spending plan, and will result in a 2.99 percent tax levy increase.
    “We appreciate the voters coming out today to show their support for our school district by approving this budget,” Superintendent Laura Dutton said. “This community cares about the education of its children, and this budget will allow us to continue to provide strong academic and extracurricular programs at Poland.”
    For the owner of a home fully valued at $100,000 who is on the basic STAR program, the 2.99 percent tax levy increase will result in an estimated tax increase of $25.80 per year.
    Voters also elected two board of education candidates to five-year terms. Current board President Melissa Allen was re-elected to the board with 170 votes and Eric Tabor received 168 votes to join the board. Current board Vice President Jody Lamphere did not run for re-election.
    Richfield Springs
    In the Richfield Springs Central School District, residents approved the proposed budget for 2013 - 2014 by a vote of 219 to 65. The plan represents a 4.06 percent budget increase and 1.9 percent tax levy increase.
    The library proposition passed by a 235 to 37 vote.
    Incumbent Tom Shypski received 214 votes and James Diliberto, 212, as they ran unopposed for two seats on the school board.
    Owen D. Young
    In the Owen D. Young Central School District, voters approved the proposed $5.5 million budget by a vote of 131 to 52. The proposition to purchase a school bus and a school van passed by a 132 to 47 vote and a proposition to establish a capital reserve fund for bus purchases passed 130 to 51.
    Jordan Clements received 157 votes and Quendryth Clements, 169, to win the two seats on the school board. Incumbent board member Lawrence Snyder received 61 votes.
    Lisa Wilber received 171 votes, running unopposed for a seat on the Jordanville Library Board.
    Mount Markham
    Mount Markham school district voters passed the proposed 2013 - 2014 budget of $25,007,404 by a vote of 242 to 78. The budget carries a tax levy increase of 1.98 percent.
    There were two candidates for three seats on the school board. Catharine Wheat received 245 votes and Ronald Loiacono, 216. Chris Burke received 37 write-in votes.
    Little Falls
    In the Little Falls City School District, voters went to the polls and approved a proposed $21,555,664 budget by a 339 to 137 vote. The budget carries a 3.85 percent increase in the tax levy. The library proposition passe, 320 to 152, and the bus proposition was approved by a 334 to 138 vote.
    Page 3 of 3 - Elected to three-year terms on the school board were incumbents William Dodge and Daniel Casler, with 300 votes each, and newcomer Alan Yallowitz with 357.
    Dolgeville
    In Dolgeville, the proposed $18,746,133 budget passed 152 to 39. The budget carries a two percent tax levy increase. Voters also supported a pre-kindergarten transportation proposition by a vote of 135 to 48 and a proposition to allow a student to serve on the board as an ex-officio member by a 139 to 44 vote.
    Incumbents Karen Nagle and David Clark were elected to five-year terms with 163 and 143 votes, respectively.
    Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville
    Residents of the new Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District approved the proposed $18.1 million budget for the 2013 - 2014 school year by a margin of 154 to 17.
    “We’re extremely grateful for the support of the community, and we thank everyone who came out to vote,” Superintendent Laura Lawrence said.
    The $18,088,119 budget calls for a tax levy of $4,830,151, which is equal to the two separate levies paid by Oppenheim-Ephratah and St. Johnsville residents this year. For 2012 - 2013, the Oppenheim-Ephratah tax levy was $2,443,412 and St. Johnsville’s was $2,386,739.
    As board members were already selected by voters in April, there were no board candidates.
    Fort Plain
    Fort Plain Central School District residents voted in support of the district’s 2013 - 2014 school budget Tuesday by a vote of 180 to 82. The approved $19.3 million plan calls for 3.76 percent spending increase from the 2012 - 2013 budget and a tax levy increase of 0.95 percent.
    “I’d like to thank all of our residents who came to the polls and voted,” said Superintendent Douglas Burton. “This budget not only adds arts programs, but reduces the size of physical education classes in the elementary school. That makes a difference because lower student-to-teacher ratios help improve safety.”
    Two board members were also elected to three-year terms on Tuesday. Incumbents Ronald Kardash received 187 votes and Louis R. Capece received 174 votes.
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