RSU 9 vote on $35.5 million budget is Tuesday

District residents approved the 2018-19 school budget by a vote of 213 to 50.

Vander Meulen said she respects Howard and district administration under Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham "but I truly believe government has a duty to be transparent".

Voters approved a budget of $34,962,545, by a vote of 375 in favor and 142 opposed.

The school board will meet Tuesday to take up the budget reduction.

"We had a very comprehensive exit survey and received a lot of responses", Dougherty said. According to a message from the board of education in the budget newsletter, the budget contained more than $400,000 in spending cuts to educational programming as well as eliminations in staff. "Either way, we just need to hear their voice".

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. Residents of the Saratoga Springs City School District apparently liked what they saw on their ballots Tuesday.

Cuts could cause increase in class sizes, potentially eliminate middle school electives, and close island schools. A second vote, if needed, is scheduled for June 19. "It would be very hard, but if that's what the voters want - then we have to do that". 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. The operating budget is set at about $196.7 million. The library budget passed with 135 voting yes and 25 voting no.

Voters also chose four candidates to serve on the Board of Education. The budget was defeated, 57-43 percent.

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Van Heukelum noted in his letter that if economic growth continues and student enrollment is stable, the school division may be able to operate within the 34 to 37 percent range.

Incumbent school board member Elizabeth Poleto received 469 votes, Stephanie Fitch received 470 votes, and Matthew Flowers Jr. received 480 votes.

Vestal's budget has come under fire in recent days over a proposed tax levy increase while the district maintains a multi-million dollar fund surplus.

State aid makes up roughly $14.4 million of the budget, while $3.81 million is represented by local tax revenue and $648,000 comes from the district's fund balance and reserves.

Voters also overwhelmingly approved - 2,362 to 426 - having the district purchase property at 3190 Route 9N for $100,000.

The district's tax rate is $11.81 per $1,000 of assessed value.

There are also three candidates seeking election to two board seats.

It's almost identical to the budget proposal the board rejected last week so board members could spend more time reviewing budget figures. The budget proposal would increase the tax levy to voters by approximately $200,000, or 3.4 percent.

In addition, the proposed $54,785 bus purchase also passed, 281-104.

  • Julie Sanders