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In Saranac Lake, voters give budget thumbs up

The Saranac Lake Central School District budget for 2011-2012 passed with ease yesterday.

Voters hit the polls Tuesday and passed the proposed fiscal plan by a margin of 504 to 251.

Next year's budget totals $27.1 million, representing a .47 percent spending increase over the current year. The budget increases the tax levy by 1.96 percent.

Additionally, it eliminates 15 positions, mostly through layoffs and attrition, and effectively closes the Lake Colby Elementary School. The budget also eliminates summer school for elementary and middle school students.

Meanwhile, voters approved two propositions Tuesday. The first, which passed 500 to 256, approves the lease of two school buses at a maximum cost of $150,000. The second provides approximately $134,000 in funding for the Saranac Lake Free Library - that passed 472 to 283.

Lisa Paschke and Terrance Tubridy, who ran unopposed, both were elected to the school board.

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