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South Colonie budget passes

Residents of South Colonie went to the polls on Tuesday, May 15 and voted nearly 2 to 1 in favor of the proposed $83.8 million school district spending plan. The 2007-08 budget, which represented a 4.94 percent increase from the previous year, passed by a vote of 1199-682.

The budget increase, which does not reflect STAR savings to homeowner property tax, is relatively small compared to other districts in the area.

According to board president James Ryan, the South Colonie School Board has done its best to minimize the effect of nearly $12 million in unfunded state mandates on district tax payers.

Also on the ballot was the race amoung three candidates running for two open South Colonie School Board seats. Leonard Motto, who ran unopposed, received 1102 votes and will begin a new five-year term on the board. The second seat, formally occupied by board member John Monteiro, who is not seeking re-election, will be filled by Rick Dunn, who defeated David Kiehle by a margin of 926-655.

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