On Tuesday, May 20, residents voted to approve the proposed 2014-15 Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District budget with 684 yes votes and 252 no votes.
The $37,583,403 proposed budget has a spending increase of $1,012,750 (2.7 percent).
The proposed tax levy increase of 2.36 percent or $346,722 is exactly at the district’s maximum allowable limit as calculated by the state’s tax levy limit formula. This means that a simple majority was needed to approve the school budget.
The proposed budget not only retains all staff and current programming and opportunities for students but also adds additional part-time sixth grade teachers to eliminate some sixth grade study halls.
Residents also voted to approve the district’s bus proposal with 648 yes votes and 280 no votes.
The bus purchase proposal for the 2014-15 school year includes:
Five large, 65-passenger school buses totaling $583,850.
One wheelchair accessible 7-passenger van at $60,204.
The total of the bus proposition is $644,054.
With the state aid ratio for bus purchasing at 78.8 percent, the local taxpayer share for the proposal is $136,539 ($27,307 for 5 years).
Voters elected three candidates to the Cobleskill-Richmondville Board of Education for a term of three years to be served from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017.
Steven Philbrick received 669 votes. Bruce Tryon received 617 votes. Susan Emerson Strasser received 606 votes.
The Community Library budget was approved with 683 yes votes and 251 no votes.