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Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake school budgets pass

New candidates to join school boards

Saranac Lake High School

Saranac Lake High School Photo by Andy Flynn.

— Voters approved the 2012-13 budgets for the Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake school districts and elected new School Board members Tuesday, May 15.

Saranac Lake Central School District

Voters approved the 2012-13 budget 655-274.

The 2012-13 budget totals $28,394,257. The tax levy increase is $389,834, or 2.13 percent. That comes in under the state’s mandated maximum allowable tax levy increase of 2.14 percent ($392,377). The current tax levy is $18,295,387, and the 2012-13 tax levy is $18,685,221.

Miles Van Nortwick (596 votes) and incumbents Deb Lennon (533) and Katie Fischer (397) were elected to the School Board. Incumbent Tracey Schrader received 378 votes and will be off the board at the end of June. Nathan Cox and Michelle Hill tallied 384 and 310 votes, respectively.

The proposition to purchase two buses for $220,000 passed 639-234, and the $134,776 levy for the Saranac Lake Free Library passed 641-257.

The Saranac Lake vote results were supplied by District Clerk Christine Fransen.

Tupper Lake Central School District

Voters approved the 2012-13 budget 398-112.

The 2012-13 budget totals $16,009,997, up 0.10 percent ($16,127) from the current budget of $15,993,850. The tax levy increase is $239,534, or 3.39 percent. That comes in under the state’s mandated maximum allowable tax levy increase of 3.42 percent ($242,125).

Incumbent Jane Whitmore was re-elected to the School Board with 325 votes, and she will be joined by Paul Ellis, who got 315 votes and will fill the unexpired term of Board President Mike Dechene, who is stepping down at the end of June. Patricia Anrig and Fred LaMere Jr. tallied 207 and 182 votes, respectively.

The proposition to purchase a 66-passenger bus, a 14-passenger bus and a dump truck at a cost of $206,000 passed by 374 to 132.

The Tupper Lake vote results were supplied by Superintendent Seth McGowan.

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