FULTON, NY – Shortly after the polls closed Tuesday night, the Fulton Board of Education had the results: The 2013-2014 school budget passed.
“It’s a good win,” said board member Barbara Hubbard.
Along with the $65.3 million budget, incumbent board member David Carvey and newcomer Christine Plath were also elected.
In the unofficial count, Carvey received 489 votes, and Plath received 469 votes.
Plath will be replacing Brian Hotaling whose term expires this year.
The budget passed with an unofficial count of 381 to 200 votes.
There was a smaller turnout of voters than in years past.
However, Superintendent Bill Lynch is pleased that the number of voters in favor of the budget is significant.
“We’re very pleased with the results and the community support,” said Lynch.
Since the budget was first introduced the main goal has been to maintain and grow learning opportunities for students in the district, and the board feels this budget achieves that.
“It’s a very fair budget to the community,” Lynch said.
Even though there is a “modest tax increase,” the budget relies less on reserve funds which puts the district in a positive place financially and makes this a sustainable budget, he explained.