Chenango's school budget vote results

CHENANGO COUNTY – After Tuesday’s statewide budget vote and school board elections, here are the local results from the nine area districts:


The budget, totaling $13,480,090, passed 209 to 152. The bus proposition also passed, 223 to 133. The tax levy will increase 1.98 percent. Margery Secrest received 254 votes to win the only available seat on the Afton board this election.


The $15,646,257 budget passed 394 to 271. The bus proposition also passed, 447 to 214. The tax levy increase will be 4.9 percent. With three open spots and only two candidates, Nancy Hinkley earned 498 votes and Barbara Renton tallied 491 to gain seats on the Bainbridge-Guilford school board.


Greene’s budget school budget totaling $20,744,140 passed 325 to 126. The budget asked for a 8.92 percent raise in spending, but no tax levy increase.

The Greene school board had three positions available and five candidates running. Incumbent June Cooper received 344 votes, retired district transportation director Helen Hunsinger won her first term with 330 votes, current president incumbent Christopher Cox received 287 votes, incumbent Christopher Austin lost his seat with 226 votes and Timothy Regen received 211 votes.


The proposed budget totaling $7,499,424 was passed Tuesday 150 to 49. The tax levy will increase 1 percent. Joe Gonzalez and Mark Talbot, both incumbents, ran unopposed in Tuesday’s election for seats on the board of education. Gonzalez earned 140 votes and Talbot earned 153.


The budget totaling $32,305,709 was passed 415 to 193 Tuesday. The tax levy will rise 3.94 percent. The Guernsey Memorial Library budget passed 434 to 137 and the two school board incumbents Kathleen Coates and Robert Patterson were re-elected to serve another three-year term. Coates earned 411 votes, Patterson earned 387 and challenger Brad LaPoint earned 257. Elected for a five-year term as library trustee was Craig Lawson with 306 votes over Kathleen Darrah, who earned 250 votes.

Otselic Valley

Residents of Otselic Valley voted down the proposed budget of $8,178,842, which a budget increase of 4.59 percent and a tax levy increase of 5.77 percent, by a vote of 137 for and 170 against. The school bus proposition was passed, with 155 votes for and 130 against. Voters also elected Dale (Suki) Fox to fill the one open Board of Education position. Fox received 157 votes. The other candidate, Loren Larkin, received 138.

Oxford Academy

Oxford’s budget of $16,465,186 passed by a vote of 227 to 111. The bus proposition passed 245 to 89, capital improvements proposition passed 198 to 121 and the library budget passed 247 to 57. The new budget will raise the tax levy 4.9 percent. Voting results saw a 217 to 126 win for Robin Debrita to serve another three -year term on the district’s school board, defeating challenger Bill Golden. Library board election results totaled 517 with Marian Godfrey receiving 281 votes and Christine Gregoire receiving 236.


The proposed budget for 2007/2008 year that called for a 3.97 percent increase and would bring the total budget amount to $24,909,274 was passed 319 to 76. The budget will cause a tax levy increase of 3.95 percent. Five Board of Education positions were open in Sherburne-Earlville, with five candidates seeking election. Three of the positions were for three-year terms and two were for one-year terms. Thomas Morris received 324 votes, Tom Canton received 322, and Patrick Dunshee received 315. They will be filling the three-year positions. John Brown received 297 votes and Stephen Harris received 282. They will be filling the one-year terms.

Unadilla Valley

The $18,524,044 budget was passed 244 to 88 Tuesday. The tax levy will increase 3.0 percent. The bus proposition passed 250 to 88, the New Berlin Library budget passed 146 to 54 and the South New Berlin Library budget passed 110 to 32. The school board had two available seats which will be filled by Stanley Foulds, who received 267 votes and Brian Burchill, who earned 265 votes, a third candidate was running for a seat and received 89 votes.

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