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Central Adirondack school voters head to polls May 21

— Voters in the five True North school districts will be heading to the polls Tuesday, May 21 to choose school board candidates and decide whether to approve their 2013-14 budgets.

No school districts in the News Enterprise readership will have a contested race for the school board elections. However, school board presidents in Minerva, Newcomb and Long Lake have decided not to seek re-election.

Only the Newcomb and Minerva school districts are asking voters to approve budgets that exceed the state-mandated tax levy cap.

Newcomb Central School

School Board: There are two open School Board positions currently held by Board President Stephen Freiman and Eleanor Yandon, according to school officials. Freiman is not seeking re-election, and Yandon is running for his seat, a five-year term. Marlene Bott is running for the three-year unexpired seat currently held by Yandon (she was appointed to fill David O’Donnell’s seat).

Polls: Open 1-8 p.m. May 21.

Budget: The School Board will be asking residents to approve a budget that exceeds the state-approved tax levy cap. That means a supermajority of 60 percent of the votes is required for approval.

Proposed budget: $5,823,308

Current budget: $5,274,469

Budget increase: $119,656 or 10 percent

Proposed tax levy: $4,506,439

Current tax levy: $3,611,508

Tax levy increase: $894,931 or 24.8 percent

State tax levy cap: 6.94 percent increase

Estimated tax rate (Homestead): $3.11 per $1,000 assessed

Current tax rate (Homestead): $2.49 per $1,000 assessed

Estimated tax rate (Non-Homestead): $16.11 per $1,000 assessed

Current tax rate (Non-Homestead): $12.91 per $1,000 assessed

Propositions: None

Major changes in the budget: Last year, the district had special needs for students — in addition to the 2012-2013 budget — that cost $150,000, essentially using up the fund balance, according to School Superintendent Skip Hults.

“That has probably hurt us more than anything,” Hults said. “Because of the decrease in the fund balance we always have left over, because the last several years our budget now is so, so tight, and with the additional expenses we had, we have no fund balance to carry over.”

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