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Fort Plain voters approve $20.95 million budget; elect board members

Fort Plain Central School District residents voted in support of the district’s 2019-20 school budget May 21, by a vote of 162 to 30.

The approved $20,950,000 budget plan calls for a 2.2 percent spending increase over the current year’s budget with a 1.49 percent tax levy increase.

Voters also approved two other proposals on the ballot. The use of $377,000 from the District’s Bus Purchase Reserve Fund for the purchase of three new school vehicles was authorized with 158 yes votes and 35 no votes. Expenditures of reserve funds require voter approval; however, since 100 percent of the cost is paid from the fund, there will be no impact on the tax levy.

An increase of $5,000 to the annual appropriation to support and maintain the Fort Plain Library was also approved by voters with 130 yes votes to 62 no votes.

In addition to voting on the budget, residents elected two members of the Board of Education to three-year terms commencing on July 1, 2019 and expiring on June 30, 2022.

Joseph Bartholomew received 171 votes, and Ronald Kardash received 165 votes.

“The Board of Education and Fort Plain school community are grateful for the continued support of our schools by the voters of the school district,” David Ziskin, Superintendent of Schools said. “This budget positions us well to continue our efforts to ensure every student in our schools leaves us prepared for success beyond graduation.”

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