Thursday, 23 May 2013 13:48

School Budget Voting Results

By Staff Report | News

SARATOGA COUNTY — In the Saratoga Springs City School District, the 2013-14 budget was approved by a vote of 1,839 to 458 on May 21 - a better than four-to-one margin.

The $112,602,543 budget represents a 2.62 percent increase over the current year’s budget and would result in a 2.9 percent increase in the tax levy. The tax levy increase is nearly two percentage points below the 4.8 percent limit set by the state’s property tax levy cap law. In addition to the budget, district residents approved a capital project proposition by a vote of 1,760 to 472 and a proposition concerning school bus purchases by a vote of 1,727 to 462.

In Ballston Spa, the district’s 2013-2014 budget proposal of $79,634,892 with a vote of 1,160 voting yes and 397 voting no.  The two Board of Education candidates also were supported by the community with Dan Cramer receiving a total of 1,213 votes and Susan Filburn receiving 1,184.

By a margin of 639 to 265, Schuylerville residents approved the district’s proposed $32.06 million budget for the 2013-2014 school year. The budget is projected to carry a 1.66 percent tax levy increase, which is below the district’s maximum allowable tax levy of 3.62 percent. The proposal represents a spending increase of 3.52 percent. Residents also approved the proposition to purchase two large buses by a margin of 645 to 225. A second proposition to establish a capital reserve account for the purpose of improving, renovating or replacing the district’s turf field also was approved by voters by a margin of 580 to 261.

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