Editor’s Note: All Evening Sun Staff Writers contributed to this report.
The Afton Central School District budget of $15.2 million was approved by residents of the district in a 186 to 58 vote on Tuesday. Also passed was a proposition for two new school buses at a taxpayer cost of approximately $205,000, with a vote of 182 to 62.
Voters also decided who will fill two vacant seats on the school board. Of the five candidates vying for those positions, residents favored Henry Bostelman to fulfill a five-year term, and MaryAnn Palmetier to fill a two-year unexpired term.
With its proposed 1 percent tax levy increase, the $17.98 million passed in a 242-61 vote.
Residents also approved a proposition to borrow an amount not to exceed $284,000 for the replacement of three school buses in a 229-73 vote. An additional proposition to establish a capital reserve fund was also approved, 247 to 52.
On the B-G school board, three candidates – Tina Ammon, Keith Hanvey and Rebecca Sullivan – will fill the three expired terms which were challenged by four candidates.
Edmeston Central School District voters approved the district's $10.2 million budget with 118 “yes” votes and 14 “no.”
A resolution was also passed to purchase two school buses with a 118 to14 vote. Another resolution to purchase a four-passenger car was passed, 107 to 25.
Two Board of Education members were re-elected: Susan Gillette (113 votes) and Laura Hawes (116 votes) with 10 write-ins and nine blank ballots.
Results of the G-MU election held Annual District Meeting showed taxpayers in favor of three propositions including nearly $9 million in spending for the district’s 2015-16 fiscal year, a 1.55 percent budget-to-budget increase over the current year.
The budget was adopted 112 -20, and the district is authorized to spend $8,995,610 in the 2015-2016 school year for the education program of the and to levy the necessary tax.
“Proposition Two” called for the establishment of Capital Reserve Fund and received 117 ayes of the 132 ballots cast. The fund will assist the district in planning for infrastructure upgrades while minimizing the burden on tax payers. The capital reserve fund can be compared to a savings account which can only be used for capital improvements conducted with voter authorization. The funding comes from budget savings and unappropriated fund balances from the general fund. Balances can only be transferred to the capital reserve fund with approval from the Board of Education. In order to accomplish the same, said Board is hereby authorized to establish the ultimate amount of such Reserve Fund not to exceed 500,000, plus accrued interest and other investment earnings thereon, with a probable term often years. The resolution by vote shall take effect immediately and will have no impact on the tax levy. 111 voters supported Board of Education incumbent Larry Smith with another term while newcomer Ethan Eberly secured 116 votes. Both men will sit for one three-year term on the Board of Education commencing July 1, 2015.