General Brown Budget Fails, Clifton-Fine Incumbents Ousted

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Voters in the General Brown school district did not approve a budget for the coming year, in voting Tuesday.

Although a majority voted for the budget, 806-580, that vote fell just short of the 60 percent "super majority" needed because General Brown's budget exceeded the state's tax cap. General Brown's budget would raise the tax levy by 9.9 percent. Another 28 yes votes would have passed the budget, school officials said.

The board will meet on May 29 to consider three options: put the same budget up for another vote, put up a revised budget, or go to a "contingency" budget.

General Brown voters approved the purchase of three school buses. Brien Spooner, Sandra Klindt and Jamie Lee were elected to the school board.

Voters in every other school district reporting Tuesday night passed their budgets.

The other big story Tuesday night was in Clifton-Fine, where there have been controversies regarding both the school superintendent's position and the high school principal. All three incumbent school board members who were up for election Tuesday night - Michelle Durham, Richard Hitchman and Robert Tebow III - were defeated.

Christopher Cooper, Christopher Westbrook and Robert Lachut were elected to the board.

Clifton-Fine's $9.6 million budget passed, 420-153, and voters agreed to buy a bus.

Results by district as we receive them...

Hammond: a $6.8 million budget with a 4.3 percent tax levy increase easily passed, 54-12. Bernard Martin was unopposed for school board.

South Lewis: a $24.5 million budget with a 1.9 percent tax levy increase passed 192-53, as did a proposition to buy three school buses. Thomas Burmingham was unopposed for school board.

Brasher Falls: a $19.7 million budget with a 3.9 percent levy increase passed 183-44. A proposal to buy three school buses also passed. James Lattimer and Bethany St. Hilaire were unopposed for school board.

Copenhagen: A $10.2 million budget that increases taxes by 2.9 percent passed 74-6. The purchase of a van and busing for Heat Start were also approved, and Troy Buckley was unopposed for the school board.

Lowville: A $26.3 million budget with no tax increase passed by a lopsided 229-20. The purchase of three school buses, transportation of Head Start students and a library funding increase also passed. Incumbents Patrick Anderson, Arlene S. Hall, and Paul Kelly were all re-elected.

Sandy Creek: The budget passed 197-61. Janet Hanni was elected to the school board.

Harrisville: A $9.5 million budget with a 2.9 percent tax levy increase passed 135-61. Proposals to buy a school bus and fund Harrisville's public library also passed. Incumbents Denise Avallone and Cynthia Bancroft were re-elected.

Beaver River: A $16.5 million budget with a two percent tax levy increase passed 384-118. Propositions to buy three school buses and fund the Croghan free library also passed, and Brian LaChausse was elected to the school board.

Norwood-Norfolk: A $20.2 million budget with a 2.9 percent levy increase passed, 213-102. A proposition to buy a school bus also passed. John Hazen and Suzanne Fiacco won election to the school board, as did write-in candidate Mary Ellen Todd.

Parishville-Hopkinton: A $10.1 million budget with a 2.7 percent levy increase passed 85-32. A proposition to buy a bus also passed. James Young and Daniel Taylor won election to the school board.

Colton-Pierrepont: A $9.8 million budget with a 3.9 percent levy increase passed 169-60. Incumbent board member Joann Roberts lost her re-election bid, getting 99 votes to 126 for Scott Baxter.

Massena: A $46.7 million budget passed 463-263. Lori MacKenzie was elected to the school board.

Madrid-Waddington: A $14.7 million budget with a five percent levy increase passed 172-45. Propositons to buy two buses and a van also passed, as did a proposition to buy kitchen equipment. Gerland Molnar and Andrew Bracy were elected to the school board.

Alexandria: An $11.6 million budget with a four percent levy increase passed, 219-50. A proposal to buy two buses passed, and Jane Aikins, Christine Lingenfelter and write-in candidate Suzanne Hunter were all elected to the school board.

Sackets Harbor: A $7.9 million budget with a 1.9 percent tax levy increase passed. Propositions to buy a bus and establish a capital reserve fund also passed, and incumbent Christine Allen was unopposed for school board.

Lisbon: A $12 million budget with a 4.25 percent levy increase passed, 135-55. Nancy Addison was elected to the school board.

LaFargeville: A $10.5 million budget with a 3.5 percent tax increase passed 103-20. A proposal to buy a school bus also passed, and incumbent Matthew Timerman was unopposed for re-election.

Edwards-Knox: A $12.2 million budget with a four percent tax levy increase passed 205-55. A proposition to buy three buses also passed, and incumbent Tom O'Brien won re-election, while another incumbent, Amanda Fuller, lost. Thomas Whitmarsh won the other open seat.

Potsdam: A $27.3 million budget with no tax increase passed 618-148. A proposal to buy two buses also passed. Rachel Wallace, Ralph Fuller (incumbent), and Judith Hinman were all elected to the school board.

South Jefferson: A $29.2 million budget with a 2.7 percent levy increase passed 292-40. A proposal to buy four buses also passed, and incumbent Todd Dack was unopposed for re-election.

Canton: A $24.3 million budget with a 5.4 percent levy increase passed 422-154. A proposal to buy three buses passed, as did funding for Canton free library. Keith Rosser, Angelique Santimaw and Janet Favero were elected to the school board.

Indian River: A $79.9 million budget with a 2.5 percent levy increase passed, 248-49. Incumbent Thomas Lapp won re-election, while challenger Shelly Eggleston won the other, beating incumbent John Voetsch.

Carthage: A $55 million budget with a one percent levy increase passed 350-285. Measures to fund the Carthage and Black River libraries passed, as did a proposition to buy buses. Incumbent Barbara Lofink, Tod Nash and Lindsey Hodkinson were all elected to the school board.

Ogdensburg: A $36.8 million budget with a 4.6 percent tax levy increase passed, 360-100. James King beat incumbent Fred Bean for school board.

Thousand Islands: A $20.4 million budget with a 3.25 percent tax levy increase passed, 322-110. A proposal to buy four buses passed, as did measures to create a capital reserve fund and fund a library. John Warneck, James Ganter and Michael Bashaw were all elected to the school board.

Hermon-DeKalb: A $9 million budget with a 3.4 percent tax levy increase passed, 146-46. A proposal to buy a bus also passed, and Crystal Simmons (incumbent) and Jill Davis were elected to the school board.

Lyme: A $7.7 million budget passed, 208-55, as did propositions to buy a van and for the Lyme Free library. Scott Rickett won as a write-in candidate for school board.

Gouverneur: A $32.5 million budget with a 3.5 percent tax levy increase passed, 274-72. Lisa McGregor, Laurie Roberts (incumbent) and Barry Smith (incumbent) were elected to the school board.

Morristown: A $9 million budget passed 135-49. A proposal to buy a bus passed, and Mary Anne Bailey, Lawrence Kring III and Darrell Merkel were elected to the school board.

Heuvelton: A $12.5 million budget with a 3.3 percent tax levy increase passed 153-95. A proposition to buy a bus passed, and Darcy Backus and Michelle McGraw were elected to the school board.

Watertown: A $66.2 million budget passed 403-73, as did a proposition to sell district property on Butterfield Avenue. Beth Linderman was elected to the school board.

Belleville-Henderson: A $9 million budget passed 392-119. Propositions to fund a library, permission to use capital reserve money to buy a bus and permission to use capital reserve money to buy a tractor all passed. Roger Eastman and Laurie Goodwin won seats on the school board.

 

 

 

Saturday, July 26, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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