Tuesday is vote day for school budgets

Voters will take to the polls on Tuesday to decide on proposed local school budgets for the 2019-20 school year.

Also to be voted on are school board members, bus proposals and any other proposals made in the school budgets.

Local budget proposals include:

Broadalbin-Perth

The Broadalbin-Perth Central School District will have to vote on a proposed $38 million budget, with a tax levy increase of 3.9 percent, which remains below the district’s tax levy cap. The proposed budget also shows a 3.9 percent spending increase with the majority of the spending increase being the $800,000 for the BOCES programs for additional students with special needs who are new district residents, as well as 10 additional students to participate in career and technical education programs.

The proposed spending plan maintains staff and programs at current levels and expands opportunities for students. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the middle and high school gymnasiums.

Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville

Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District is utting to the voters a proposed 2019-20 school budget of approximately $20 million. The budget includes a 4 percent spending increase and a 3 percent tax levy increase that remains under the allowed tax levy cap of 4.53 percent.

The budget includes a proposition to purchase two 65-passenger buses and a wheelchair bus for $315,000 from the district’s reserve. This does not impact the tax levy. Also to be purchased if approved by voters is a maintenance building at 6 S. Division St., for a maximum cost of $80,000. The money is in the current budget. The former maintenance area is being replaced by a new agricultural and technical classroom.

The ballot will also include four candidates running for the three open seats on the Board of Education. The four candidates are Jarrod Parsons, Neil Clark, Susanne Sammons and Dean Handy.

Voters will also have to decide on the possible creation of a capital reserve fund for future facilities improvements and construction.

Voting will be held at both school buildings. Homeowners in the former St. Johnsville School District will vote at the Jr./Sr. High School and homeowners in the former Oppenheim-Ephratah School District vote at the elementary school. Polls are open from noon to 8 p.m.

Mayfield

Mayfield Central School District voters will vote on a proposed budget of $20 million for the 2019-20 school year, with a tax levy increase of 2.9 percent. The 10.26 percent budget increase reflects borrowing for the capital project and higher state aid reimbursement for the project.

Voters will see a bus purchase proposal on the ballot to purchase two 66-passenger buses costing $220,000 to be paid from the bus purchase reserve fund. The purchase would have no effect on the 2019-20 school tax levy.

Also on the ballot will be the vote for one board of education member. The current board President Ernie Clapper is not seeking re-election. The three candidates seeking the open five-year seat on the board are Frederick Castiglione, Patrick Leo and Emory Chase.

Voting will take place at the high school gymnasium lobby from noon to 8 p.m.

Fonda-Fultonville

The Fonda-Fultonville Central School District’s 2019-20 budget proposal of $30 million has a 1.5 percent tax levy increase and 3.45 percent spending increase while staying within the tax levy limit.

The proposed budget allocates funding for a part-time school counselor, along with funding to implement the first phase of the district’s computer initiative.

Voters will see on the ballot a bus lease proposition to approve a five-year lease for a 30-passenger bus at a total cost not to exceed $49,000. The district’s current lease expires on July 1. If voters approve the lease, the district will continue to have three leased buses.

There will also be a board of education election in which voters can vote to elect two candidates to serve three-year terms on the board of education. There are four candidates who are seeking the two positions. Those candidates are incumbents Matt Sullivan and Bonnie Couture, along with newcomers Thomas Peterson and Matthew Torniainen.

Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Canajoharie

Canajoharie Central School District is putting forth a 2019-20 school year budget of $22.5 million with a spending decrease of 0.80 percent. The proposed budget shows a tax levy increase of 3.5 percent which is the district’s allowable tax levy limit.

In order to offset an unanticipated $574,635 budget gap, the district reduced four full-time equivalent positions and made cuts across several areas.

If the budget is approved, the estimated tax increase would be $30.78 a year, or $2.56 per month, for a home assessed at $100,000.

Polls will open from noon to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at Canajoharie High School.

Fort Plain

Fort Plain Central School District has a proposed approximate $21 million budget for the 2019-20 school year. The budget shows a spending increase of 2.20 percent and a 1.49 percent tax levy increase.

Voters will also be asked to consider the use of $377,000 from the district’s bus purchase reserve fund to purchase three new school vehicles. There will be no impact on the tax levy.

Also on the ballot will be a proposition to increase the Fort Plain Free Library funding by $5,000.

Voter will also elect two candidates to serve three-year terms on the board of education to succeed Ronald Kardash and Joseph Bartholomew whose terms expire on June 30.

Polls will be open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Harry Hoag Elementary gymnasium.

Northville

Voters in Northville Central School District will vote on the district’s proposed $12.5 million budget for the $2019-20 school year that reflects an $819,018 spending increase. The budget shows a tax levy increase of 3.97 percent which remains below the district’s tax levy cap.

The proposed budget adds one half-time chemistry teacher to allow the current teacher in that position to completely integrate into the technology lab. Spending will also include the addition of one full-time grounds person to help care for the new fields added as part of the capital project.

On the ballot will be a proposition to establish a capital reserve fund in an amount not to exceed $4 million to be used to pay the cost of construction, reconstruction, additions to and improvements of district buildings, facilities and grounds, and the purchase of equipment, furnishings, machinery and other incidental improvements.

Also on the ballot will be the vote to elect one individual to a five-year term on the Board of Education. Running for re-election is Dean Shepard.

Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. in the school gym.

Wells

Voters will take to the polls for Wells Central School district’s proposed $5.8 million 2019-20 school budget with a tax levy increase of 1.98 percent, remaining under the district’s tax levy cap.

On the ballot will be the proposition for the district to purchase a 64 passenger bus on state contract at a price not to exceed $117,463.

The polls will be open from 12:30 to 8 p.m. in the Wells Central School cafeteria.

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