F-M voters approve $78.9 million budget; elect three board members
On May 19, Fayetteville-Manlius School District voters approved the district’s $78.9 million 2015-16 budget proposal, elected three board of education members and approved a $553,318 vehicle purchase proposition and a $2.6 million facilities project at Fayetteville Elementary School.
The following results are unofficial pending verification of the absentee ballots; however, the ballots have been reviewed and will not impact the final results.
· A $78,917,391 budget for the 2015-16 school year that increases spending 1.29 percent ($1,004,467) and carries a 1.89 percent tax levy increase: 1,720 yes; 565 no;
· A $2,569,262 facilities project that will replace the failing roof at Fayetteville Elementary School: 1,912 yes; 356 no;
· Purchasing four new school buses and two Chevrolet Suburbans for student transportation at a total cost not to exceed $553,318: 1,604 yes; 653 no;
· Supporting the Fayetteville Free Library, $1,689,230: 1,479 yes; 770 no; and
· Supporting The Manlius Library, $1,239,182: 1,532 yes; 727 no.
Six candidates sought election to three open board of education seats. The three candidates with the greatest number of votes will each serve a three-year term beginning July 1.
Incumbent Marissa Joy Mims: 1,359 votes;
Incumbent Lisa Lukasiewicz Izant: 1,375 votes;
John J. Cucinotta: 1,366 votes;
Barbara Huntress Tresness: 788 votes;
Patty Palladino: 819 votes; and
Incumbent Rebecca Shiroff: 615 votes.
“I’d like to thank the voters of Fayetteville-Manlius for taking the time to exercise their right to vote,” said Superintendent Corliss Kaiser. “This budget provides the resources and support for our students, faculty and staff to continue fulfilling our district mission of providing all students with an excellent education.”
The 2015-16 tax levy increase of 1.89 percent is below the district’s calculated tax levy limit of 2.03 percent, per the state’s 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.
Because F-M proposed a budget with a tax levy increase lower than its allowable limit, the budget required a simple majority vote for authorization.
The Fayetteville Elementary School capital project will replace the building’s 19-year-old roof that has deteriorated to the point that it is allowing water to seep inside and cause interior damage. The project is not expected to increase local property taxes because it will be paid for through state aid and the district’s capital reserve fund.
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