School board, budget vote set for May 21
FINGER LAKES--Area school districts will give voters the chance to weigh in on next year's budget and school board officials in the upcoming election, Tuesday, May 21.
Dundee Central School has proposed a budget of $19,073,447 for the 2019-2020 school year. There is a 3.9 percent tax levy increase in the new budget. Three school board positions are up for reelection and four people running. Incumbents Andy Simmons, Douglas Hammond and Jessica Shepardson-Wood are in the race as well as John Fredrick. Voters will also decide whether to establish a capital reserve fund for transportation vehicles and if authorization will be given to spend not more than $499,000 for vehicles/buses.
Penn Yan voters will decide on a $36,239,453 budget for 2019-2020, including a 2.28 percent tax levy increase. There are three board positions available and three running: Kathy Guenther, Jeffrey Morehouse and Phyllis Bacher. There is also a proposition for four student transport vehicles at a cost of $455,000.
The 2019-2020 proposed budget for Hammondsport is $14,997,155. The tax levy would increase by 1.98 percent under the new budget. Kevin Bennett is running unopposed for the school board position he has held since 2013.
Watkins Glen has a proposed budget of $26,478,877 for the 2019-2020 school year. This includes a tax levy increase of 1.61 percent. There are three candidates running for two school board positions. They include Mary Barnes, Craig Bianco and Theresa (Malina) Butler.
Voters will also decide on the leasing of four 66 passenger school buses and one 30 passenger bus. The cost will not exceed $115,000 per year for a maximum of five years.
Voting will take place from 12 to 8 p.m. at the high school board of education room.
Odessa-Montour voters will consider a $17,287,208 budget for 2019-2020, including a 2.32 tax levy increase. Two candidates (Karen Rock and Alyssa Wixson) are running for two open positions. There are also four additional propositions for residents to vote on in addition to the budget. Proposition two asks to authorize reconstruction and equipping of existing school buildings and facilities, site and incidental improvements. Proposition three will improve security features at the school, while proposition four includes two 64-passenger buses and one seven-passenger vehicle. Proposition five asks voters if the school district can collect a tax for the Dutton S. Peterson Library and the Montour Falls Memorial Library.
Voting will take place from 12 to 8 p.m. at the Hanlon Elementary School in room 12.