Budget and Taxes

Community budget vote on May 21, 2019

May 21, 2019: Thanks to the OESJ community for supporting the 2019-20 budget and propositions during voting today!

Here are the results:

  • $19,954,357 budget for the 2019-20 school year – carries a 3% tax levy and rate increase; the state’s maximum tax levy increase allowed for OESJ is 4.53%. Spending would increase by 4%.
  • YES –  275  votes – 57.2%
  • NO –  202  votes – 42.8%
  • Bus purchases: allows the district to buy two 65-passenger buses and a wheelchair bus for $315,000 from the district’s reserve. This would
    have NO IMPACT on the 2019-20 tax levy.
  • YES –  309  votes – 64.4%
  • NO –   166   votes –  35.6%
  • Four candidates for three seats on the Board of Education. Board members serve three-year terms and are unpaid. This year’s candidates are:
  • Jarrod Parsons –   200  votes
  • Neil Clark –   282  votes
  • Susanne Sammons –  315  votes
  • Dean Handy –   303 votes
  • Create a capital reserve fund for future facilities improvements
    and construction. All expenditures from this reserve would have to
    be approved by a vote of the community.
  • YES –   286 votes – 61.1%
  • NO –    179  votes – 38.9%

Purchase a maintenance building at 6 South Division Street, St. Johnsville for a maximum cost of $80,000. That money is in the current budget. The former maintenance area is being replaced by the new agricultural and technical classroom. This will have NO IMPACT on the 2019-20 tax levy.

The Board of Education last year set aside $180,000 in the budget to build a new maintenance building. The purchase on the May 21 ballot would cost $80,000. This means that $100,000 of the original cost is left in the budget. It is less expensive to purchase an existing building than to build a new one.

  • YES –  238 votes – 50.1%
  • NO –   235 votes – 49.9%