Fulton School District Voters Say ‘Yes’ to Budget, BOE and Library

FULTON, NY – The preliminary tally of Tuesday’s votes is in and the Fulton City School District community voiced its approval for the $67.4 million budget by a nearly two-to-one margin.

“Our budget passed,” Superintendent Bill Lynch said Tuesday night. “We had a very good voter turnout, which is what we always seek. That was gratifying. The community supported our budget and we’re very pleased for the continued support.”

With incumbents David Cordone and Barbara Hubbard re-elected, Lynch extended his welcome to Robert Briggs and Timothy Crandall as the newest members of the Fulton City School District Board of Education.

The unofficial vote tabulation released by the superintendent’s office at approximately 10 p.m. showed all polling places reported in.

The budget earned 704 yes votes to 371 no votes with a majority of yes votes at each polling point.

The unofficial vote tally in the race for BOE seats was as follows:
Barbara Hubbard, incumbent, 886
Robert Briggs, 853
David Cordone, incumbent, 656
Timothy Crandall, 621
Pamela Parker, 534

Hubbard, Briggs and Cordone will go on to serve three-year terms and be sworn in July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017.

Crandall will be seated immediately and his term will last until June 30, 2015 to fulfill the remainder of member Rosemary Occhino-Pilawa’s term.

In addition to Cordone and Hubbard, he joins members Dan Pawlewicz, David Carvey, Fred Cavalier and Christine Plath.

Cavalier decided not to run for a new term and his tenure expires June 30 when he will be replaced by Briggs.

In April, the BOE approved the $67,357,685 budget for the district’s 2014-15 school year.

With the revenue side of the budget increased by nearly $1 million in recovered state aid this year, the district was able to restore several teaching positions that were cut in 2007-2009 when the state drastically reduced the district’s funding.

The approved 2014-2015 budget includes a proposed tax levy of $20,142,125 which is an increase of 1 percent over last year’s budget.

Based on last year’s property values, the levy for the now approved spending plan represents an increase of 26.6 cents per $1,000 of assessed value from last year to this year.

Taxpayers can anticipate a rate of $26.903 per thousand dollars of assessed value, so a property in the Fulton school district that is assessed at $75,000 would carry a $2,017.73 school tax burden at the estimated 2014-15 rate.

Voters also supported the Fulton Public Library proposition by an overwhelming majority, welcoming the institution as a school district library.