May 17, 2017 10:30 AM

Voters approve proposed budget, bus proposition, re-elect member to BOE

Today, May 16, Middleburgh Central School District residents voted to adopt the $21,784,576 proposed school budget for the 2017-18 school year, with 336 yes votes (63 percent) and 194 no votes.

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The approved budget, which preserves all existing student programming and staffing, increases spending by 2.35 percent over the current school year and carries a tax levy increase of 1.52 percent. Because the proposed tax levy is at the district’s maximum allowable increase under the state’s tax "cap" law, support of a simple majority of voters (50 percent plus one) was required for the budget to be approved.

Voters also approved the proposition to purchase two new 48-passenger school buses at a total cost not to exceed $224,644, with 337 yes votes and 193 no votes.

Ernest W. Kuehl, Jr., was re-elected to the MCS Board of Education to serve a three-year term beginning in July. Mr. Kuehl received a total of 423 votes (94 percent), while 25 write-in votes were submitted.

"We're so thankful to our supportive community for showing us their dedication to our schools," Superintendent Michele R. Weaver. "They came out today to make their voices heard about their belief in the importance of public education. Our students will be the ones who benefit the most from today's result."


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