Voters cast their ballots at Mohonasen Central School District's gymnasium on Tuesday, May 15, for the proposed 2012-13 budget, bus proposition and Board of Education candidates in an uncontested race.
Photo by John Purcell.
continued Voters also approved a $290,000 proposition to purchase two full size 66-passenger buses and one 24-passenger wheelchair bus, with 1,056 voting in favor and 609 voting against it.
Three unopposed candidates were also elected to the Mohonasen Board of Education, which include Stacy MacTurk with 1226 votes, Gary Spadaro with 1346 votes and Tom Andriola with 1240 votes.
Schalmont residents voted in favor of the 2012-13 budget by 760 to 320 to pass the $41.9 million spending plan. The budget increases spending by 0.37 percent over the current year’s budget and carries a tax levy increase of 1.94 percent.
“I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to everyone who came out to vote today,” Board of Education President Sandra Beloncik said in a statement. “Thanks to the community’s input throughout the budget development process, we were able to present a budget our community could support.”
Residents also approved a bus purchase proposition with 676 voting in support and 407 against it. The proposition asked voters permission to purchase three new 65-passenger buses and two new 35-passenger buses. The initial cost of the five buses is $456,900 spread across five years, but the district is eligible for state aid on a portion of that cost, reducing the local taxpayer share of the proposition to $205,605. The cost is already included in the debt service calculation for 2012-13, so it does not increase next year’s budget.
Four candidates ran for two Board of Education seats: Gerard Parisi, Gregory Campoli, Albert Falcone and Teri Gallucci. Both seats are for three-year terms. Incumbents Campoli (592 votes) and Falcone (583 votes) were reelected, with Parisi (442 votes) and Gallucci (384 votes) losing their bids.
Scotia-Glenville voters approved the proposed $47.8 million 2012-13 budget by a margin of 1,371 to 521. The spending plan will raise the property tax levy by 2.9 percent.
Voters also elected Thomas Beauchamp (1,561 votes) and Gary Normington (1,570 votes) to the school board in an uncontested race.