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Voters pass area school budgets

Voters showed good turnout May 18 and the majority voted in favor of their respective school budgets.

Many budgets passed by large margins as most school districts aimed to keep tax levy increases at a minimum despite painful cuts in state aid.

AuSable Valley

The budget for the AuSable Valley Central School District passed 437-361, roughly 54.7 percent voting in favor of the budget that will result in an estimated 3.1-percent increase in the tax levy.

Scott Bombard, Susan Richards, and David Whitford each won re-election to their uncontested Board of Education seats, garnering 569, 590, and 518 votes, respectively.

Elizabethtown

The Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School District will have an estimated zero-percent tax levy increase after voters approved the budget 374-140, meaning 72.7 percent were in favor.

Karin DeMuro, running unopposed, garnered 426 votes to take the vacant school board seat. Board President William Haseltine was ousted as challenger Tammy Apthorp took 328 votes to his 200. Fellow incumbent Paul Fenton also fell short as Karen Hooper took 352 votes to his 181.

Keene

Residents of the Keene Central School District can expect a 1.22-percent increase in the tax levy after voters approved the school budget 132-68; that's 66 percent in favor.

Board members Ann Whitney and James Marlatt were each retained as they ran unopposed for school board. Whitney garnered 173 votes while Marlatt had 135.

Lake Placid

In Lake Placid, the school budget passed overwhelmingly 572-269, meaning 68 percent of voters were in favor of the budget that is expected to bring a 1.54-percent increase in the district's tax levy.

A proposition to lease two 66-passenger school busses for five years at a cost of $39,000 per year passed 568-268, and voters came out 527-303 in favor of a plan to transfer an additional $1,900 annually to the E. M. Cooper Memorial Public Library in Wilmington.

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