Area voters to decide school budgets, board seats

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Budget, capital program on ballot in Adirondack

BOONVILLE — Adirondack Central School District voters in Tuesday’s election will decide upon a proposed $28.35 million 2018-19 district budget that includes a 1.7 percent increase in the local tax levy. ​The proposed local property tax levy of $9.92 million to help fund the budget is up from $9.75 million in 2017-18. State financial aid of $17.04 million is the budget’s biggest source of revenue.

The election also will include voting on a proposed $20.74 million capital project for the district, plus two incumbent Adirondack Board of Education members who are running for two available seats — Richard Gallo and Almanda Sturtevant.

The capital project calls for several energy-efficiency improvements in all buildings; safety and security upgrades; mechanical upgrades in all buildings; a new multi-purpose turf athletic field and a pool renovation at the high school/middle school complex; and technology-related upgrades for educational facilities.

The majority of the work would be at the middle/high school complex, but each building will have upgrades and improvements, the district has said.

The election Tuesday is from noon-8 p.m. at the middle school, in Room 111.

$52.22M budget up for approval in Camden

CAMDEN — Voters will have their say on a proposed $52.22 million Camden school district general fund budget for the 2018-19 school year that includes an approximately 2 percent local property tax levy increase. The budget proposal is up by about $240,000 from the current 2017-18 budget, and is subject to district voters’ approval in the May 15 election.

The proposed 2 percent hike in the local property tax levy is less than the 2.68 percent increase that would be allowable for the district under state tax-cap formulas, Assistant Superintendent for Business Karl Keil Jr.

The district’s average tax rate would be $13.94 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, up from $13.88 per $1,000 in the current 2017-18 school year. It would increase local tax revenue for the budget by $209,769, to a new total of $10.488 million. The largest source of budget revenue is state financial aid, at more than $37 million.

The school budget vote which will take place on Tuesday at Camden Central High School Room 302 Lobby between noon and 9 p.m.  

Clinton’s $27.9M plan before voters

CLINTON — Clinton Central School has proposed a $27.9 million budget, calling for a slight spending increase and amount to be raised by taxes for school year 2018-19.

District residents will vote from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 in the theatre lobby of the high school on Chenango Avenue.

The proposed 2018-19 spending plan is $27,894,313, an increase of $489,197, or 1.79 percent over the current budget. The tax levy, or amount to be raised by taxes, is $15,362,467, an increase of $286,166, or 1.90 percent.

And also on the ballot will be three Board of Education candidates vying for two open seats to serve a three-year term starting July 1, 2018. The candidates are: Melinda Leising, Donna Durr Arancio and Samuel Catterson.

Holland Patent voters to decide on $34.5M spending plan

HOLLAND PATENT —Voters in the Holland Patent school district will decide on the district’s $34.5 million proposed 2018-19 budget.

The $34,508,432 budget proposal calls for a 3.13 percent local tax levy increase, which is the district’s allowable tax levy limit under state guidelines, according to the district.

Oneida budget proposal is $46.5M for 2018-19

ONEIDA — The annual budget vote on the proposed 2018-2019 Oneida City School District Budget will be held on Tuesday noon to 9 p.m. at Oneida High School or Durhamville Elementary School.

The $46,550,725 proposed 2018-19 budget adopted by the Oneida City School District Board of Education on April 23,  2018  reflects a 5.25 percent budget increase. Oneida received a 1.86 percent increase in Foundation Aid over the current school year budget. Foundation aid is the largest portion of unrestricted aid received by the District. The proposed tax increase is 2.52 percent over the 2017-18 budget.

A second bus proposition will appear on the May 15th ballot requesting authorization to lease five – seventy seat passenger buses for five years at an annual cost not to exceed $108,000 per year. A third proposition will appear on the ballot authorizing the District Clerk to register voters for voting in school district elections in lieu of a Board of Registration.

There are also two candidates for the board of education, James Maio and Martin Kelly.

Proposed budget, board seats up for vote in Oriskany

ORISKANY — The annual school district budget vote will be held in the Canopy Entrance of the Oriskany Central High School building on Tuesday from noon until 8:30 p.m.

Voters will decide on the district’s proposed $15,347,877 spending plan for the 2018-19 school year as well as the election of two members to the Board of Education, one vacancy is for a three-year term commencing July 1, 2018 and concluding June 30, 2021, and one vacancy is for a two-year term commencing July 1, 2018 and concluding June 30, 2020. The candidates include incumbents Amy Mayo and Brian Judycki and challenger John Stewart.

The budget represents a 3 percent increase in appropriations from the 2017-2018 budget, and includes a proposed tax levy that stays within the district’s maximum allowable cap of 2.24 percent.

Budget, buses on ballot in Remsen

REMSEN — The 2018-2019 school budget vote will be held on Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the elementary school cafeteria.

Voters will decide on the 2018-19 general budget as well as a proposition to purchase two 66-passenger school buses and for one seat on the board of education. The proposed overall budget is $12,232,212. Yielding a projected tax increase of 1.81 percent, the allowable limit for Remsen this year.

The bus proposition is to buy two 66-passenger school buses at a cost not to exceed $229,241 less trade in value. The proposed purchase is part of an ongoing bus replacement plan designed to keep the District’s fleet in safe, working order by phasing out buses that are no longer cost effective to maintain.

Rome voters to decide on $117.9M spending plan

ROME — The two propositions on the ballot involve a proposed $117.9 million district budget for 2018-19, and an approximately $4.92 million energy-performance project for RFA and Staley. The budget does not call for any staff layoffs, and includes a 3.96 percent hike in the local property tax levy which would be the first increase since the
2015-16 budget.

In addition, there are three candidates for three available Board of Education seats. The board seats, for three-year terms beginning July 1 this year and expiring June 30, 2021, are being sought by incumbent Paul Fitzpatrick, who is nearing the end of his first three-year term, plus new candidates Leigh Loughran and Jonathon Matwijec-Walda.

The school board election and the budget vote will be from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday. Among voting locations:

First and Second Wards — Staley Elementary School, 620 E. Bloomfield Street; Third Ward — Lobby at City Hall; Fourth Ward — Gansevoort Elementary School, 758 W. Liberty St.; Fifth Ward — Denti Elementary School, 1001 Ruby St.; Sixth Ward — St. Paul’s Church, 1807 Bedford St.; Seventh Ward — Ava Dorfman Senior Center, 305 E. Locust St.; Eighth and Ninth Wards — Stokes Elementary School, Turin Road, 9095 Turin Road; Tenth Ward — Western Town Library, 9172 Main St., Westernville.

$37.2M budget goes to voters in VVS district

VERONA —  Voters in the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School district will vote on Tuesday on a $37.2 million budget for the 2018-19 school year with $19.7 million coming from state aid, $14 million to be raised by property taxes and $2.5 million coming from district reserves. The proposed budget includes a total increase of 1.72 percent and a proposed tax levy increase of 2.76 percent, which is below the district’s tax cap limit of 2.78 percent.

There are also three candidates seeking election to two board seats. The candidates include Christopher Brewer, Sean Finnerty and incumbent Melissa Palmer.

The school district is also seeking of four 66-passenger vehicles, including two diesel-powered buses and two gasoline-powered buses. Based on the current transportation aid rate, New York State will reimburse the district an estimated 87.9 percent for the cost of these vehicles, leaving a local share of $44,989. Any increase to the tax rate will be offset significantly by lowered maintenance costs, the district said in its budget newsletter.

Voting will be held Tuesday between noon and 9 p.m. at the Vernon Town Offices, Verona Fire Station, and Sherrill Court Facility.

$22.1M plan, board seats on ballot in Westmoreland

WESTMORELAND — Westmoreland Central School Board of Education will present a proposed $22.1 million 2018-19 budget calling for a 2.54 percent increase in spending and less than a 1 percent increase in the amount to be raised by taxes. District residents will vote on the proposed spending plan from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 at the high school gym lobby.

The total proposed 2018-19 budget is $22,128,564, which is an increase of $547,529 over the current spending plan, or 2.54 percent. The tax levy, or amount to be raised by taxes, is $8,011,795, an increase of $66,738, or 0.84 percent.

There are also five candidates vying for three vacant seats on the Board of Education. One is to fill the remaining two-year term of a member who resigned in September — incumbents John Acee and Charlene Hartman are running for re-election to the Board of Education. Mitchell Lemaire, who had been a former board member, was appointed to fill a vacancy left by Kelly Flint in September. He is running to finish the remaining two years of the three-year term. Also vying for a seat on the board are newcomers Katrina Talbot Bratge and Denise A. Szarek.

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