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%