Voters approve $35.5 million budget; elect board members
On May 15, Marcellus Central School District voters approved the district’s $35.5 million 2018-19 budget proposal and elected three Board of Education members.
Approved a $35,503,851 budget for the 2018-19 school year that increases spending 3.2 percent ($1,111,351), and carries a 2.08 percent tax levy increase ($385,511): 537 yes, 193 no.
Approved the purchase of four school buses at a cost no greater than $435,984: 553 yes, 176 no.
Re-elected two Board of Education members and voted in a newcomer: Patricia Sager (589 votes), Michael McAuliff (623 votes) and Kelly Rossiter (615 votes). Because they received the most votes, McAuliff and Rossiter will each serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2018, and ending June 30, 2021. Sager will serve out the one year remaining on former Board President Ryan Riefler’s unexpired term.
Approved a $10,263 annual budget increase for Marcellus Free Library: 529 yes, 199 no.
“Thank you to all Marcellians who managed to get out to the polls today,” Superintendent of Schools Michelle L. Brantner said. “We’re thankful every day to serve a community that not only understands our important mission but unfailingly supports it year in and year out.”
The 2018-19 tax levy increase of 2.08 percent was the largest increase the district could have passed with approval from a simple majority (50 percent plus one) of voters, per the state’s property tax levy limit law. The law requires each school district to calculate its own levy limit based on a complex, multi-step formula. Any increase above this limit would have required approval of a supermajority, or at least 60 percent of voters. The 2018-19 budget was approved by 73.6 percent of voters.
“On behalf of the Board of Education, I want to thank the residents of this amazing Marcellus community for approving next year’s budget,” said board President Thomas West.