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Putnam OKs budget

PUTNAM - Putnam Central School District voters have approved the 2010-11 budget.

The $2.1 million spending plan was passed, 73-26.

Voters also elected Jodie Bruce to the school board with 88 votes and approved a boiler purchase by an 83-14 margin.

The budget totals $2,152,427. That's a 0.06 decease from the current spending plan of $2,153,732.

The amount to be raised by taxes in the budget is $1,630,017. That's a 1.61 percent increase from the current tax levy of $1,604,125.

The tax increase is attributed to a 10 percent cut in state aid for next academic year.

"We were able to recover (from the aid reduction) due to the savings in health insurance negotiated last year, a new teacher contract that the board and teachers negotiated that included salary increases of 1.2 percent for three years, and we used some fund balance to arrive at the 1.61 percent levy increase," Superintendent Matt Boucher said.

The budget included no major cuts or new programs, Boucher pointed out.

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