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Area school budgets pass easily

NORTH CREEK-Area voters handily approved school spending plans in balloting throughout the region Tuesday, May 17.

Johnsburg Central School

Voters passed the 2011-12 spending plan for the Johnsburg Central School, according to Patty Morehouse, secretary to the superintendent. There were 450 yes and 131 no votes.

Meanwhile, an attempt by three challengers to replace established School Board members failed. Voters re-elected Thomas Ordway (392), Erwin Morris (370) and Tara Sears (368) to three-year terms. There were three challengers: Carmine Bellotti (118), David Braley (136) and Anthony Moro (122). Richard Stewart and Margaret Prashaw also received one write-in vote apiece.

The proposition to purchase 22-passenger and 60-passenger school buses also passed with 375 yes and 138 no votes. The maximum cost for those items will be $152,110.

The adopted 2011-12 school budget totals $9,856,704. That's a decrease of $205,711 - 2.04 percent - from the current spending plan of $10,062,415.

The tax levy for 2011-12 is $5,249,280. That's a $583,254 decrease - about 10 percent - from the present levy of $5,832,534.

From those numbers, the finance committee has estimated that the tax rate per $1,000 of assessed property will be $9.40, down from last year's $10.45.

Indian Lake Central School

Voters passed the 2011-12 spending plan for the Indian Lake Central School, according to district Business Manager Louann Tetrault. There were 182 yes and 75 no votes.

Also, School Board President Jon Voorhees was re-elected to a five-year term. He ran unopposed.

The adopted 2011-12 school budget totals $5,783,316. That's a decrease of $19,716 - .34 percent - from the current spending plan of $5,803,032.

The tax levy for 2011-12 is $4,146,316. That's a $143,369 increase - 3.58 percent - from the present levy of $4,002,947.

Officials estimate a tax rate increase just shy of 3 percent to the current $6.19 per $1,000 of assessed property.

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