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Budget Vote

GCSD Budget, Bus Purchase Proposition, Olympia Fire Hydrant Proposition Approved and Farmer, Traywick and Wight Elected to Board for Education

Please note: All vote counts are unofficial and will be verified tomorrow.

 By a vote of 2,171 to 816, Greece Central School District voters approved a $231,322,140 spending plan for the 2018-19 school year. With a budget-to-budget increase of 1.66%, the budget remains within the state’s tax levy limit and carries a projected tax rate of $24.47 per $1,000 of assessed value.

“The budget approved tonight reflects our commitment to focus on what matters,” said Superintendent Kathleen Graupman. “We’re grateful to the voters and thank the entire community for their support of Greece schools.”

 By a vote of 2,324 in favor and 934 against, voters approved a bus purchase proposition that authorizes the district to purchase up to 25 replacement buses at a cost not to exceed $2,479,672. Of that amount, $810,000 will come from the district’s previously established bus purchase reserve fund. The remaining cost will be spread out over five years and is not expected to further impact the tax rate.

By a vote of 2,428 in favor and 633 against, voters approved a $624,000 proposition that authorizes the district to replace the water main and fire hydrant system at Olympia.

 In a six-way race for three seats on the Board of Education, voters selected incumbent Mary Caitlin Wight (1,820 votes) and newcomers Tracey Farmer (1,534 votes) and Sherita Traywick (1,475 votes). The candidates not elected were James Sawers (743 votes), Richard Cunningham (1,351votes) and Derek Schrank (1,280 votes).

 All three newly elected Board of Education members will serve three-year terms beginning on July 1, 2018.