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Warrensburg area voters approve school budgets

Some incumbents ousted on school boards

After casting his votes Tuesday May 15, Warrensburg resident Dave Spatz exits from a voting booth in the Warrensburg High School gym lobby while school election official Patti MicGlire (right) observes. Citizens throughout Warren County approved their school district budgets handily in the annual election, but ousted a number of incumbent school board members.

After casting his votes Tuesday May 15, Warrensburg resident Dave Spatz exits from a voting booth in the Warrensburg High School gym lobby while school election official Patti MicGlire (right) observes. Citizens throughout Warren County approved their school district budgets handily in the annual election, but ousted a number of incumbent school board members. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Voters throughout northern Warren County approved 2012-13 school district budgets — restrained under the state’s 2 percent tax cap — by a hefty margin on Tuesday May 15.

In Warrensburg, voters endorsed a $18.6 million budget that represented a $175,000 increase, or about a 0.1 percent hike in expenditures and a tax levy increase of $125,500 or 1.6 percent. The vote was 485 to 272 for approval.

In Lake George, where the school district officials have been reeling for a full year from their first budget defeat ever in 2011, voters okayed — by a vote of 1008 to 618 —the district’s $20.5 million budget, which represents an increase in expenditures of $2563,000 or 1.25 percent. The budget calls for a tax levy increase of $230,000 or 1.3 percent. A separate proposition to purchase one 66-passenger bus at a cost of up to $124,000 plus a minivan, was also approved, 939 to 593.

In the North Warren School District, voters overwhelmingly endorsed a $12 million budget calling for a $311,000 or 2.5 percent decrease in spending that is to result in a tax levy increase of of $181,000 or 2.1 percent. The vote was 315 to 90 in favor of the fiscal plan.

In Bolton, residents approved a $8.5 million budget calling for a $132,000 or 1.6 percent increase in expenditures, with a projected tax levy increase of $103,000 or 1.5 percent. The vote was 241 to 102 to approve the spending plan.

Warrensburg school board president Dean Moore said he he was happy with the heavy voter turnout, about 70 percent higher than in recent years.

“This was a tremendous turnout, and we’re happy for the support of the budget which represents a lot of work,” he said. “Now we can expect the district to propel forward despite all the obstacles put in front of us by the state.”

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