Wilson School Board proposes 1.6 percent tax increase

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Newcomer Tracy Vincent received 472 votes.

The following is a breakdown of each district's candidates and budget information.

The Sherman Central School District proposed a 2017-18 budget of $9,998,333 -a 28.63 percent increase from 2007-08.

Hansen said the district doesn't anticipate receiving any more state payments by June 30.

"We have expressed our concerns with school finances and that we need to do something about getting an increase in state funding to take the burden off property taxes", board member Albert Miller said.

The board also approved the capital reserve budget of $275,000 for the 2017-18 school year.

One resident complimented the board for everything that is offered to students and said, "While I would like to see relief on my taxes, I want to thank you for all you do for the children of this community".

On Tuesday night, district superintendent Oliver Robinson said that the budget vote serves a few different purposes. The budget increases year-over-year spending by 2.12 percent.

PHOENIXVILLE Despite some school officials saying they thought there was still some work to do, it appears property owners in the Phoenixville Area School District should get ready for another tax hike. Voters also approved the purchase of a 65-passenger school bus at a maximum cost of $118,172, with 75 voting in favor and 41 voting against. Warhit received 1,588 votes (3.5%). Under plans presented to the school board in March, classrooms will be better organized and grouped by grade level; hallways will be extended; secure entranceways will be established; and classroom spaces will be updated to improve layout, appearance and acoustics.

Spending for the district increased by about $1.1 million.

As reported following previous school board meetings, the upcoming school year will face some financial challenges due to some unfavorable audit findings which show a history of the Hot Springs School District outspending their incoming resources. A proposition to purchase four school buses passed 545-195. Michelle Lyon (364) and Jim Struble (334) won the two available three-years terms on the school board.

The second phase of a long-term plan to renovate and upgrade district schools will turn the attention to elementary schools.

But in Pittsford, not enough people favored the budget to meet the 60 percent threshold needed for a "super majority" since the district wanted to exceed the state tax cap.

Albion voters elected Wayne Wadhams and Kathy Harling to five-year terms with 513 and 491 votes respectively. "We're going to have to go out for a revote and really communicate to the public that this is our annual budget and it has nothing to do with the capital project".

The Westfield Academy Central School District proposed a 2017-18 budget of $15,881,650 - a 14.38 percent increase from 2007-08. The plan will come with a 1.25 percent tax levy increase. The propositions passed as well: Expend from capital reserve for bus, 106-32; Establish capital reserve for bus, 103-35; Establish capital reserve for building and grounds, 108-35. The library proposition also passed 143-21.

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