Michael O'Connor, of East Lucille Lane, has two children currently enrolled in the district and one that recently graduated.
"The increase is palpable," said O'Connor. "No one likes an increase, but the district is doing the best it can."
Voter turnout remained steady, with only two dozen fewer residents casting their ballots in this year's election compared to last year, said Melissa Braham, a spokeswoman for Schalmont.
Along with the budget, voters passed a bus proposition 588-to-469, to replace five of the district's buses. The proposition called for $381,000 from district taxpayers for three large buses and two small buses.
"This is a part of our standard five-year replacement program," said Kelsey.
Incumbents Carl Strang and Kevin Thompson went unchallenged and were reelected to the school board.
Strang, 47, of Juniper Drive, is a past board president who will serve his third, three-year term on the board.
Thompson, 44, of Becker Crossing, will serve his second term.
Della Villa said it "means a lot" to have consistency on the school board. He said the board's seven members have been running together as one unit over the past four or five years.