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Broadalbin-Perth voters alone in Fulton County in rejecting budget

Broadalbin-Perth voters alone in Fulton County in rejecting budget

Voters in the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District rejected the district’s $28 million budget pr

Voters in the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District rejected the district’s $28 million budget proposal with a projected 13.7 percent tax levy increase, 768 to 684.

Budgets in other Fulton County school districts passed easily.

In Broadalbin-Perth, school board challenger Ed Szumowski won a five-year term with 935 votes. A one-year term went to Joe Renaud with 778 votes. Incumbent school board President Sam Jackling was defeated in his re-election bid, finishing last with 717 votes.

Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson said the Board of Education will have a special meeting sometime this week to determine whether to send a revised budget to voters or adopt a contingency budget.

“Certainly, [with] a double-digit tax levy increase being brought to the voters in a tough fiscal environment, we knew that we were asking a lot of community members,” Tomlinson said.

In other districts:

u The Greater Johnstown School District’s $27.5 million budget with a zero percent tax levy increase passed by a vote of 507 to 203, but voters rejected proposals to extend bus leases by a vote of 295 to 275 and to renew the district’s bus garage lease on Crescendo Road by a vote of 293 to 286. A proposal to create a construction reserve fund was adopted 383 to 189.

Retiring Johnstown High School teacher Ronald Beck led a five-way race for three school board seats with 423 votes. Board Vice President James Levin received 342 votes, and former board member Eva Marie Mraz received 331 votes. High school senior Patrick Javarone finished fourth with 317 votes, and Robert Kosowicz trailed with 283 votes.

u In the Gloversville Enlarged School District, the $50.6 million budget offering a 1.9 percent tax rate increase in the city of Gloversville was approved 836 to 450. In a four-way race for three seats on the school board, the winners were Sarah Pike, Polly Young and incumbent Vice President Peter Semione.

A proposition to buy six buses for $332,000 passed 849 to 436. State aid will cover 90 percent of the cost.

u Mayfield Central School voters adopted the $16.99 million budget with a 2.9 percent tax levy increase, 292 to 137. Incumbent board member Ernest Clapper was re-elected with 355 votes to 65 for challenger Frederick Castiglione. Mayfield voters also approved creation of a bus reserve fund, 246 to 136.

u Northville Central School voters approved the $9.3 million budget with a 3.5 percent tax levy increase, 255 to 142. A proposition to purchase two buses and a minivan was approved 241 to 123, and Northville voters also ratified the library budget 236 to 142.

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