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South Glens Falls Central School District budget approved by voters

May 15, 2018

On Tuesday, May 15, South Glens Falls Central School District residents voted to approve the district’s 2018-19 proposed budget with 579 voting in favor and 144 voting against it. The $56,646,120 spending plan carries a 2.07 percent spending decrease over the current year’s budget.

The proposed 3.20 percent tax levy increase is below the limit set by New York’s tax levy cap law.

“We appreciate the support of our community on the budget vote and the propositions we put forth this year,” said Interim Superintendent of Schools John Hunter, Ed.D. “The South Glens Falls Central School District is continuing to grow in excellence and opportunity for students and our 2018-19 budget will enable us to continue to do this quality work.”

Voters also approved a $563,625 proposition to purchase two 72-passenger school buses with compartments, two 66-passenger school buses and two 30-passenger school buses, with 565 voting in favor and 159 voting against it.

Voters approved a proposition to authorize the district’s board of education to reestablish a Capital Reserve Fund, with 568 voting in favor and 149 voting against it. It was last authorized in 2008. The fund would be reestablished to pay for future capital improvements to district facilities and sites. If approved, it would be reestablished for another 10 years, with a maximum amount of $10 million to be funded either by unreserved fund balance or the reallocation of other reserves. Taxpayers do not incur a cost for reestablishing the fund. Once money is put into the fund, voters must authorize when and how it is spent.

In addition, voters approved a measure to amend the term of office for one member of the South Glens Falls Central School District Board of Education, for one term only, from a three-year term to a two-year term, effective for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years only. This proposition was approved with 640 voting in favor and 77 voting against it. The board of education is seeking to make this change so that in future elections there will be an equal number of board members (three) elected each year.

Finally, two candidates were elected to the board of education. The candidates, who ran unopposed, are: John Farrell (558 votes) and Kevin Ostrander (588 votes).

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