Voter turnout today was the highest it's been in years for the East Syracuse Minoa School District, school officials said. Voters tonight passed the $47,395,914 2010-11 budget as well as all accompanying propositions on the ballot:
Voters passed the 2010-11 budget of $72,014,792, an increase of $2,259,255 or 3.24 percent over the current year, and also includes an average property tax rate increase of 1.25 percent. The tax rate will increase from $23.36 per $1,000 of assessed property value to $23.65. Overall, this is an annual increase of approximately $29.17 on a home assessed at $100,000, however, tax rates are not finalized until August.
Voters approved to purchase three new buses at a cost of $325,000 -- replacing ones that will be an average age of 10 years old in 2011. The one 78-passenger and two 65-passenger conventional school buses would ensure vehicle safety and replace the oldest and most expensive buses to maintain/repair.
Ten-year Capital Reserve Fund
Voters approved to establish a 10-year Capital Reserve Fund in an amount not to exceed a total of $5,000,000 over a 10-year period to fund renovations, improvements and additions to district facilities.
East Syracuse Free Library:
Voters approved a request from the East Syracuse Free Library for a $150,000 increase in funding over last year.
Voters approved a request from the Minoa Library for a $5,000 increase in funding over last year.
School board elections:
Eight candidates ran for three seats on the ESM Board of Education. Voters elected Nadine Zesky, Leah Cushing and Deborah Kolod.
Nadine Zesky: 1,119
Leah Cushing: 922
Deborah Kolod: 899
Cheri Flynn: 830
Russell Richman: 472
Michael Farney: 409
Michael Farnsworth: 393
Patricia Puma: 330