F-M voters approve $76.4 million budget; decide on seven other propositions

On May 21, Fayetteville-Manlius School District voters approved the district’s $76.4 million 2013-14 budget proposal, elected three Board of Education members and voted upon six other propositions.

The following results are unofficial pending verification of the absentee ballots; however, the ballots have been reviewed and will not impact the final results. Voters approved:

·         A $76,410,610 budget for the 2013-14 school year that increases spending 2.46 percent ($1,834,488) and carries a 2.51 percent tax levy increase: 1,111 yes, 418 no;

·         A safety and security enhancement capital project, $989,300: 1,119 yes, 414 no;

·         Land purchase, $220,000: 1,036 yes, 491 no;

·         Capital Reserve Fund establishment, $10 million: 1,109 yes, 409 no;

·         Purchasing five new 71-passenger school buses at a total cost not to exceed $573,670: 1,061 yes, 461 no;

·         Supporting the Fayetteville Free Library, $1,480,275: 1,079 yes, 441 no; and

·         Supporting The Manlius Library, $1,142,910: 1,121 yes, 401 no.

Four candidates sought election to three open Board of Education seats. The three with the highest number of votes will serve three-year terms, beginning July 1. They are:

·         Incumbent and current Board member Daniel J. O’Leary: 1,013  votes;

·         Incumbent and current Board member Elena Romano: 996 votes; and

·         Kim Swanson: 864 votes.


Babra “Babs” Taeckens also ran and received 807 votes.

“We want to thank all of our community members who came out and voted today. We are pleased that we will be able to continue to deliver the educational programs that our students need to compete and be successful in the classroom and beyond,” said Superintendent Corliss Kaiser.

The 2013-14 tax levy increase of 2.51 percent is below the district’s calculated tax levy limit of 3.28 percent, per the state’s new property tax levy cap law. The limit does not cap how much a district can raise through property taxes. Instead, it determines at what level a school district must have a supermajority (60 percent) rather than a simple majority (50 percent plus one) approve the budget proposal.

After much consideration, F-M officials opted to propose a budget with a tax levy increase lower than its allowable limit, which required a simple majority vote.

“Our mission directs that we provide our students with an excellent educational experience and opportunities to reach their fullest potential,” said F-M Board President Marissa Joy Mims. “This budget does that in a fiscally responsible manner or our taxpayers, who are the backbone of our school district.”

2013-14 budget at-a-glance

Proposed budget: $76,410,610

Budget increase: $1,834,488 or 2.46 percent

School tax levy: $54,842,986

Estimated tax levy increase: $1,344,288 or 2.51 percent


What was on the ballot?

2013-14 school budget proposition: $76,410,610

Safety and security enhancements: $989,300

Land purchase proposition: $220,000

School bus proposition: $573,670

Capital Reserve Fund proposition

Three seats on the F-M Board of Education

Fayetteville Free Library budget proposition: $1,480,275

Manlius Library budget proposition: $1,142,910


* There was an error on the district's required budget notice that was mailed on May 14 to district residents. The Capital Component for the budget proposed for the 2013-14 school year should read $13,026,202. It incorrectly states the amount as $13,206,202.

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