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 School votes are next Tuesday, May 15

    TRI-COUNTY AREA—Penn Yan, Dundee, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen, and Odessa-Montour school district residents will be able to vote for the 2012-13 budget and board candidates on Tuesday, May 15.

    Voting in Penn Yan will take place at the middle school.  For Penn Yan, the adopted spending plan for 2012-13 is $31,692,499. The budget-to-budget increase from the current school year is 1.22 percent ($386,860). The district is proposing a two percent tax levy increase. Included in the budget is the elimination of 17.4 full-time equivalent faculty positions.
    The proposed budget for the upcoming school year in Dundee is $14,413,145. That amount is 4.2 percent ($581,282) greater compared to finances for 2011-12. The school district is planning to increase to tax levy by three percent.  In Dundee, residents will get to vote in the school district’s meeting room. Polls for the districts will be open from noon to 8 p.m.
    With regards to board elections, Penn Yan will feature five candidates vying for three seats. The seats up for election are currently held by Ryan Hallings, Loni Terpolilli and Elizabeth Warren. All three incumbents are seeking reelection. The other two candidates are David Willson and Michael Chambers. Members of the public will have the chance to learn about each entrant when the district hosts a Meet the Candidates night on Wednesday, May 9 at 7 p.m.
    In Dundee, the two available seats are also for three years. The candidates running are Jared Webster and Matt Camacho. Webster has served on the school board in Dundee for three years. Camacho is seeking a first term on the board.
    Hammondsport has proposed a 2012-13 budget equaling $12,128,717. This results in a 1.97 percent tax levy increase. The budget is broken down into three main components: administration ($1,214,203), capital ($1,861,673) and program ($9,052,841). Hammondsport also has one candidate on the ballot: incumbent Rick Drain is running unopposed.
    Watkins’ budget is $23,218,855 for 2012-13. The proposed tax levy increase would be 2.49 percent. The district explained that if a person’s home is assessed at $100,000 with STAR exemptions, than taxes would increase by $16.
    Odessa proposes a two percent tax levy increase.  Odessa is also eliminating nine full-time equivalent positions in total. This includes three retirements and six staff cuts. The number is offset with the re-assigning of two part-time employees (or one full time equivalent position).
    For more information on the individual budgets visit:

Penn Yan
Watkins Glen




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