wnol.info May 24 2018

How did your school district vote on their budget?

May 24 2018, 01:27 | Irvin Gilbert



The Falconer Central School District proposed a 2017-18 budget of $22,674,271 - a 17.07 percent increase from 200708. The estimated tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value is $15.57.

School board electionSchool board member Frank Sambets is running unopposed for one open seat, which has a three-year term.

On the Bridgehampton School Board, Kathleen McCleland, an incumbent, was returned to the board with 136 votes, and Markanthony Verzosa, a newcomer, received 116 votes to take the other seat.

The Brewster Central School District has announced, via its web page, that the 2017/2018 school budget has passed 762-356.

Spending for the district increased by about $1.1 million.

The district continues to thrive, with U.S. News & World Report ranking it No. 88 in the top 100 school districts in NY state in April. They also approved a bus purchase proposition 337-193. 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.

Sagaponack voters unanimously passed the school's $1.7 million budget proposal, with 19 votes for and none against. Winning election to four-year terms were Todd Galton, with 446 votes, Christy Crandall-Bean, with 375 votes, and Kenneth Weaver with 440 votes. A bus purchase referendum also passed by a margin of 304 to 43.

Chester also says it too is facing increased costs because of Affordable Care Act mandates, which are causing health costs to increase faster than the inflation levels that determine the tax cap. The budget was approved with a vote of 413-93. The budget increases the district's tax levy by $192,753, up 1.9 percent to $10.3 million - less than the NY state property tax cap for the district.

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Voters also approved a proposition authorizing the expenditure of $400,000 from the 2015 renovations and upgrades capital reserve fund for a new gym ceiling.

District voters also approved the establishment of a capital reserve fund to help finance future building projects. But because schools have already been hit with more than $90 million in midyear cuts, holding harmless by end-of-the-year amounts would still be a decrease from last year.

This exceeds the tax cap by a little more than 2 percent, which required at least 60 percent approval in order to pass. Nolte said he would prefer to have that waiver flexibility for the entire school year instead of only after the first two months of classes.

New York State voters approved 99 percent of school district budgets on Tuesday.

Gemma Fournier was third, with 529 votes or 23.5 percent, and Betty VanDenBosch-Warrick, who also was named in the flyer and had denounced it, was fourth with 400 votes or 17.8 percent of the vote.

In the race for three seats on the board, each of which has a three-year term, voters chose incumbents Philip Mattracion and Willie Bruce, as well as former Trustee John Burns. David Harvatine received 216 votes, and Dean Winspear received 176.

In 2017-18, the average home is assessed at $332,528 and the owner of that home will pay $3,863 in K-8 school taxes, an increase of $98, according to budget documents. These costs are contributing to a 1.2 percent increase in the budget.

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