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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • C-PP, other school budgets pass; Addison proposal defeated

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  • The Corning-Painted Post school district’s $100 million budget proposal was approved by voters Tuesday.
    Most other school budgets in the area were also approved by voters, with the exception of Addison’s, which was narrowly defeated.
    C-PP’s proposal, which included a .68 percent increase in the property tax levy, passed by a margin of 950 to 629 votes, or 60 percent approval. Voter turnout was 8 percent.
    “We’re pleased, obviously, with 60 percent. It was a lot of hard work getting here, not just this year, but really the past four or five years,” said C-PP Superintendent Mike Ginalski, referring to the tough cuts the district has been forced to make in recent years, largely due to the new state tax cap.
    “We’ve been working towards getting to this point, becoming more familiar with the nuances of the tax cap," Ginalski added. "We’ve made a lot of hard decisions here, and it’s nice to be in a position where we could put a tax levy out there that people could support.”
    Also Tuesday, incumbents Victoria Zingler, James Webb and Janelle Meteer were re-elected to three-year terms on the C-PP school board, receiving 1,114, 1,080 and 1,013 votes, respectively. Challenger Brent Pryslopski got 681 votes.
    The Addison Central School District’s $27 million budget proposal, however, was defeated by a margin of 211 to 202 votes.
    The district had sought a 2 percent increase in the tax levy, well below the state cap.
    That leaves the district with two options - put another budget proposal up for a vote in June, or go straight to a contingency budget with a zero percent tax increase.
    “We’ll huddle up and talk about it at the school board meeting on Tuesday, and then figure out what we’ll do,” said Addison Superintendent Joe DioGuardi. “We did some exit polls, and we’ll take a look at what people had to say about the budget.”
    If the budget is shot down again in June, Addison would have no choice but to go to a contingency budget.
    Brian Crane, an incumbent, and newcomer Mary Beth Grace won seats on the Addison school board.
    Also Tuesday:
    • The Bath Central School District’s $34 million budget, which includes a 0.71 percent reduction in the tax levy, passed by a margin of 397 to 62.
    The district’s proposition to buy two school buses at an estimated maximum cost of $265,227 passed by a margin of 345 to 111.
    Amey Rusak and Scott Ward were each elected to the school board.
    • The Hammondsport Central School District’s $13 million budget, which includes a tax levy increase of 1.65 percent, passed by a margin of 211 to 49.
    Page 2 of 3 - The district’s first proposition to approve spending up to $216,000 to buy two school buses, with $116,000 to be pulled from a capital reserve fund and the rest from fund balance, passed by a margin of 168 to 70.
    The second proposition also passed, by a margin of 168 to 65, authorizing the establishment of a new capital reserve fund to replace boilers, continue asbestos removal and fund future facilities needs.
    Kevin W. Bennett was elected to the school board by a margin of 145 to 89 over opponent Benjamin Hartman.
    • The Horseheads Central School District’s $72.3 million budget, which includes a 1.72 tax levy increase, passed by a margin of 1,093 to 334.
    The district’s proposition to buy two school buses passed by a margin of 1,078 to 349.
    Brian Lynch, Warren Conklin and Kristine Dale were elected with 925, 875 and 713 votes, respectively, in a five-way school board race.
    • The Prattsburgh Central School District’s $9.68 million budget, which includes a 1.9 increase in spending, but no increased property tax levy, passed by a margin of 119 to 5.
    Mark A. Randall was elected to a five-year term on the school board.
    • The Campbell-Savona School District’s $23.4 million budget, which includes a 1.28 percent tax levy hike, passed by a margin of 268 to 100.
    The district’s proposition to increase the amount collected on behalf of the Savona Free Library by the school district by $18,000 to an annual amount of $63,500, was defeated by a margin of 195 to 156.
    Ricky Salvagin was elected to one five-year term on the board of education by a margin of 190 to 136 over opponent Jason Demong.
    • The Arkport Central School District’s $10.6 million budget passed by a margin of 139 to 34.
    Patrick N. Flaitz was elected to a five-year term on the school board, and John Currie was elected to a one-year term.
    The district was also authorized to withdraw a sum of $321,638 from the Transportation Equipment Reserve fund for the purchase of three 66-passenger school buses by a margin of 134 to 20.
    • The Jasper-Troupsburg Central School District’s budget passed by a margin of 127 to 80. Robert LeMay was elected to a five-year term on the school board.
    • The Canisteo-Greenwood School district’s budget passed by a margin of 224 to 89. The district’s proposal for a liability reserve passed by a margin of 223 to 77, and the district’s library proposition passed by a margin of 188 to 113.
    Michael Nisbet and Michael Lehman were each elected to three-year terms on the school board.
    • The Avoca Central School District’s budget passed by a margin of 411 to 114. The district’s proposition for a vehicle purchase passed by a margin of 389 to 123, as well as the proposition for a transportation reserve fund, by a margin of 381 to 116.
    Page 3 of 3 - Donald Lester was elected to the district’s board of education by a margin of 414 to 192 over opponent Sean Turner.
    • The Odessa-Montour School District’s $15.5 million budget passed by a margin of 170 to 31.
    The district’s proposition to increase the annual tax levys for the Dutton S. Peterson Memorial Library and the Montour Falls Memorial Library by $1,600 and $3,300, respectively passed by a margin of 147 to 53.
    Christian Maphis and Jennifer Mosher were each elected to three-year terms on the school board.
    • The Bradford Central School District’s $8.9 million budget passed by a margin of 86 to 40. Pamela Bonning was elected to a five-year term by a margin of 81 to 47 over opponent Robert Stopka.
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