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Ti voters approve spending plan

TICONDEROGA - Voters approved the 2009-10 Ticonderoga Central School District budget May 19.

The $17.1 million spending plan was OKed by a 444-162 margin.

The 2009-10 budget totals $17,119,120, a 2.7 percent increase from the current spending plan of $16,669,482.

The tax levy for 2009-10 is $9,145,204, a 2.8 percent increase from the present levy of $8,895,869.

Tax rates are not available because local assessment rolls are not yet complete.

Superintendent John McDonald hopes the 2.8 percent increase in the tax levy will actually be less. A district spending freeze remains in place, he said, and any savings the remainder of the academic year will be applied to the 2009-10 tax levy.

There are no new programs in the spending plan, but no major cuts, either.

A year ago the district cut 4.5 positions. The 2009-10 budget cuts one elementary position, which is being lost to attrition.

The district serves 964 students.

Ticonderoga gets nearly 38 percent of its funding from state aid, which this year has held steady. The district will receive $6,398,916 in state aid in 2009-10, an increase of 0.99 percent from the current year.

Voters also elected three members to the board of education.

Fred LaVallie received 402 votes, Jim Wells 400 and John Lenhart 341 for seats on the board.

Glen McKee received 267 votes and Donna Shaw VanWirt 238.

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