OSWEGO, NY – Voters approved Oswego City School District’s budget for 2017-18 school year by an unofficial vote of 1,503 to 700.
They also elected Brian Chetney, Sam Tripp and Brandon Lagoe to fill the three open seats on the board of education.
Newcomer Chetney was the top vote getter with an unofficial tally of 1,484. He was followed by incumbent Tripp with 1,403 and newcomer Lagoe with 1,142.
Rounding out the vote was incumbent Mike McLaughlin with 927 and newcomer John Sheffield with 913.
Incumbent Brian Haessig didn’t seek re-election.
“I’m very happy with the turnout and I’m looking forward to serving on the board,” Chetney said. “I want to thank the voters for supporting me.”
He believes that his work with young people for the past two decades helped him garner the most votes.
“It’s what I’ve done all my life. Now I get to do it for the district,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity.”
“I am very happy to have been voted in. I truly appreciate the opportunity and look forward to the getting started! Most importantly I thank all of the people that supported me in getting here, I would not be where I am without them. Thank you!” Lagoe said.
Tripp was re-elected to his seventh (not consecutive) term on the board.
“I am very happy to have the opportunity to continue to serve the community and students that I care about,” he said. “Moving forward, I will continue to be inquisitive, work with the superintendent and other board members in an effort to make OCSD the blue ribbon district it used to be.”
Chetney received more than 240 votes in each district, with a high of 515 in District 3.
Lagoe’s highest vote count, 390, and Tripp’s 491, also came in District 3.
The budget was approved in all four voting districts.
The board reduced the tax rate increase in the $82,839,101 budget to 2.47 percent.
Currently, the tax rate is $20.84 per thousand. In the coming school year it will increase to $21.35. That is an increase of $51.74 for a $100,000 home.
Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey said he was “very confident the budget would be approved.”
If the budget had failed, the district would have gone to contingency.
“That’s the only option that’s on the table for us because we can’t afford another option, we’re not going to pay for another vote,” he told Oswego County Today. “Contingency would have meant we would have to make some reductions.”
Voters also approved the purchase of buses and the public library vote.