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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Allegany County School Budget Results

From Olean Times Herald Staff
ALLEGANY COUNTY
ALFRED-ALMOND
 
Voters approved the budget and all propositions. The budget was approved by a vote of 316-60.

ANDOVER
The $9.2 million budget for 2016-17 passed at Andover Central School District, 139-30. The spending plan includes a 2.92 percent overall decrease to the tax levy from the 2015-16 school year.
A proposition establishing a capital reserve fund for $2 million over 10 years also passed, 141-27.
Voters approved another proposition to purchase a new 65-passenger school bus for $121,000 by a 150-18 tally.
School board incumbents Cindy Baker and Michele Calladine, running unopposed for two available three-year seats, received 157 and 149 votes, respectively.
BELFAST
In Belfast, voters gave their approval by a 126-33 result on the district’s $9.39 million spending plan for the 2016-17 school year.
The budget represents a 3.15 percent increase in spending compared to the current school year, with a 2.42 percent increase to the tax levy.
In other propositions, voters approved the purchase of a 66-passenger bus not to exceed $112,915 by a vote of 129-30, and to expend $43,500 to support the Belfast Public Library with a 134-25 tally.
Randa Harrington was re-elected to fill a five-year term on the school board. Cecy Curcio was elected to the Belfast Public Library Board of Trustees.
BOLIVAR-RICHBURG
At Bolivar-Richburg, voters gave their approval by a 135-17 result on the district’s $18.41 million spending plan for the 2016-17 school year. The budget represents a 0.71 percent increase in spending compared to the current school year, with no change to the tax levy.
A proposition to transfer of $372,000 from the district capital transportation reserve fund to purchase three buses was approved, 132-19; a proposition to establish a $4 million capital transportation reserve fund, to be funded from surplus, was approved 132-18; a proposition to increase support for the Bolivar Free Library by $8,000, to $30,500 total, was approved 119-31; and a proposition to increase support for the Richburg Colonial Library by $5,000, to $26,835 total, was approved 123-27.
Michelle Clark was the top vote-getter for a three-year term and a two-month unexpired term with 131 votes. Ervin Smith received 123 votes for a three-year term to start July 1. Write-in candidate Heather Iantorno received 29 votes for a two-year, two-month unexpired term on the board.
CANASERAGA
Voters rejected the budget, 78 Yes to 71 No. The measure failed because a supermajority was needed and wasn't obtained.

 CUBA-RUSHFORD
At Cuba-Rushford, voters gave their approval by a 206-21 vote on the district’s $20.52 million spending plan for the 2016-17 school year. The budget represents a 1.99 percent decrease in spending compared to the current school year, with no change to the tax levy.
In other propositions, voters chose 205-22 to establish a $200,000 capital repair reserve fund; voted 211-15 to increase support by $200 for the Rushford Free Library; and chose 188-38 to increase aid by 3,394 for the Cuba Free Library.
Paul Young won a five-year term on the school board with 197 votes.
FILLMORE
Fillmore officials did not provide voting results by press time.
FRIENDSHIP
In Friendship, voters gave their approval by a 80-17 result on the district’s $9.59 million spending plan for the 2016-17 school year.
The budget represents a 2.92 percent increase in spending compared to the current school year, with a 0.43 percent increase to the tax levy.
In other propositions, voters approved a proposition increasing support for the Friendship Free Library by $11,400 by the same 80-17 tally.
Incumbent Craig Plaisted was re-elected to a new five-year term with 76 votes.
GENESEE VALLEY
Genesee Valley officials did not provide voting results by press time.
SCIO
In the Scio Central School District, voters approved total appropriations of $10.26 million, a 1.88 percent increase from 2015-16, by a 78-9 result. The tax levy impact is a 0.95 percent increase from 2015-16.
A proposal to establish a bus capital reserve fund received approval from voters by a 79-8 result. A proposition to establish an equipment reserve fund was approved by voters by a 73-14 vote. A proposition to increase funding to Scio Memorial Library from $21,000 to $22,000 was approved 62-25.
School board candidate David Roberts, who ran unopposed, won election to a five-year term with 69 votes.
WELLSVILLE
At Wellsville Central School District, voters approved $29.04 million in appropriations for 2016-17 by a 239-93 tally. The budget represents a 2.63 percent increase from 2015-16. There is no tax levy change from 2015-16.
A proposal to purchase two 65-passenger buses at a cost of $240,000 was approved by a 238-93 vote. District voters also approved an $11,355 increase in aid to the David A. Howe Public Library by a 236-95 result.
School board candidate incumbent Steve Pettenati received 285 votes to fill a three-year seat.
WHITESVILLE
Whitesville Central School District voters approved a $6.64 million budget for 2016-17 by a 57-6 tally. It is a 0.9 percent decrease from the current budget.
Board member Scott Garis was unopposed for re-election.
Voters also elected library board members Kayla Bissett to a five-year term, Susan Ellison to a two-year term and Karla Waite to a one-year term.
A proposition to establish a capital vehicle purchase reserve fund passed 53-8, and a proposition to raise funding for the Whitesville Public Library passed 55-5.