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Area school budgets pass easily

Long Lake Central School

Voters passed the 2011-12 spending plan for the Long Lake Central School, according to district Business Manager Vicky Snide. There were 221 yes and 109 no votes.

All three ballot propositions passed as well. School bus (236 yes, 97 no); emergency lighting (244 yes, 82 no); and school district funding of the town library (207 yes, 129 no). And all five library board candidates were elected.

Incumbent board member Christine Blumberg was re-elected to a five-year term, running unopposed.

The proposed 2011-12 school budget totals $3,685,596. That's an increase of $55,295- 1.52 percent - from the current spending plan of $3,630,301.

The proposed tax levy for 2011-12 is $2,463,121. That's a $120,043 increase - 5.12 percent - from the present levy of $2,343,078.

The projected tax rate for 2011-12 will be $3.64 per $1,000 assessed. The current tax rate is $3.46 per $1,000 assessed.

Newcomb Central School

Voters passed the 2011-12 spending plan for the Newcomb Central School, according to district Business Manager Nancy O'Brien. There were 82 yes and 20 no votes.

The proposed 2011-12 school budget totals $$5.09 million. That's an increase of $158,859 - 3 percent - from the current spending plan of $$4,933,499.

The proposed tax levy for 2011-12 is $$3,415,182. That's a 2.27 percent increase from the present levy of $3,339,340.

As a result, property owners who are covered under the Homestead Act will pay $2.27 per $1,000 of assessed property value, an increase of 6 cents per $1,000.

Those who are not under the Homestead Act will see their tax rate increase to $11.97 per $1,000 of assessed value, up from $11.70.

Securing school board candidate seats were Susan Goodspeed, five-year term, with 92 votes and David O'Donnell, unexpired one-year term, with 98 votes.

Minerva Central School

Voters passed the 2011-12 spending plan for the Minerva Central School, according to Business Manager Nancy O'Brien. There were 120 yes and 50 no votes.

The proposed 2011-12 school budget totals 4.9 million. That's an decrease of 6.3 percent from the current spending plan of $5.3 million.

The proposed tax levy for 2011-12 is $3.1 million, a 1.74 percent increase over the current spending plan.

The budget includes an estimated tax rate of $9.88 per $1,000 of assessed property. The current rate is $9.71 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Incumbent Brian O'Conner won the open seat on the school board as a write-in candidate with 30 of a total 81 votes.

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