Mechanicville Voters Approve $23 Million Budget for 2015-16 by a Wide Margin
Mechanicville City School District voters approved the 2015-16 school budget Tuesday night, with 77.5 percent of voters supporting the $23,067,695 school budget.
This is the fourth consecutive school budget the Mechanicville City School District has put to voters with a tax increase has fallen below the state tax “cap.”
“I would like to thank all of the residents who came out to cast their votes on the school budget. Every vote is important and it shows the value the community places on education,” Dr. Michael J. McCarthy, superintendent of schools, said. “This school budget maintains and enhances the great programs we have in Mechanicville, allows us to continue to reduce class sizes, and provides funding for us to send students to even more college and career readiness programing.”
In all, 383 residents voted in favor of the budget and 111 voted against.
Voters also approved a $260,000 proposal for the purchase of two school buses.
The Board of Education Election saw incumbent Joseph Waldron re-elected and first-time runner Michael Raucci elected as well. Raucci ran unopposed for the seat formerly held by Joseph Micklas, who decided to not seek re-election. Waldron and Raucci will serve three year terms.
Stillwater Budget Approved by Voters
Building maintenance propositions pass, three elected to board May 19, 2015 – On Tuesday, May 19, Stillwater residents voted to approve the district's 2015-16 proposed budget with 389 voting in favor and 109 voting against it.
The $23.7 million budget carries a 4.18 percent spending increase over the current year and a 3.5 percent increase in the tax levy. Tax rates are estimated to increase by less than 2 percent (the district will set the actual tax rates in August).
By a margin of 385 to 98, voters passed a proposition to establish a capital reserve fund of $100,000 to make general improvements and repairs to the HVAC systems, and electrical and plumbing equipment at the elementary school, middle school and transportation building. By a margin of 375 to 100, voters passed an additional proposition to expend the monies in the capital reserve fund of $100,000 to make the repairs. Residents also elected Michael Toleman, Timothy Hems and Jon Mueller to the Stillwater Board of Education. The results are as follows: Michael Toleman (374 votes), Timothy Hems (350 votes), John Mueller (328 votes) and Shay Valigorsky (193 votes).