Saratoga School districts in Saratoga County recorded strong turnout on Tuesday, May 15, when voters approved school budgets for the 2012-13 school year.
Incumbents held on to school board seats and referendums regarding school bus purchases and financing plans sailed through. A district-by-district breakdown of the results follows.
Ballston Spa hits supermajority, and then some
Ballston Spa Central School District voters approved a budget of $76.4 million - and in numbers well in excess of the 60 percent super majority needed to override the state tax cap. A total of 1,737 yes votes were tallied, along with 759 no votes, a nearly 70 percent approval ratio.
“We will continue to balance fiscal responsibility with providing the best programs for our students,” said Superintendent Joseph Dragone.
Each of the three propositions including vehicle replacement, the public library and recreation commission also passed.
At the polls at Ballston Spa High School, voter Joan Libby said she wanted people to “get out and vote” so they could reach the super majority. She, along with about half of the voters, also hit the district’s exit polls after casting their ballots for the budget.
Coordinator of Community Resources Stuart Williams said “upwards of 50 percent” of the voters went to the exit polls, which asks more detailed questions for district use.
“It’s one page, it’s quick, it depends on how much they want to write.” he added.
Election Inspectors Martha Iacolucci and Eleanor Dillon were ready for voters Tuesday morning, though they said the process of voters getting used to the new digital scan machines “would get faster” as the years advanced. They have both been inspectors “for years” and seemed to miss the lever style machines, though welcomed the accuracy of the new scanning methods for voting.
“They’re (voters) becoming much more comfortable with the new machines. … This is technology, it’s more accurate,” Dillon said.