Cazenovia voters approve $26.5 million budget; elect two board members

— On May 20, Cazenovia Central School District voters approved the district’s $26.5 million 2014-15 budget proposal, elected two board of education members and approved two propositions.

Voters approved:

✓A $26,495,954 budget for the 2014-15 school year that increases spending 0.29 percent ($76,292) and carries a 1.01 percent tax levy increase: 451 yes, 112 no;

✓The purchase of three replacement school buses at a cost not to exceed $308,478: 466 yes, 92 no;

✓The proposed budgets for New Woodstock Free Library and Cazenovia Public Library, which total $538,356: 443 yes, 114 no.

“On behalf of the Board of Education, I want to thank Cazenovia voters for approving this budget,” said board President Patrick Vogl. “Despite the need for some reductions in staffing and programming, we feel this spending plan will empower us to fulfill the district’s mission: to help students to reach their potential, develop a sense of responsibility and appreciate learning and achievement.”

Voters also re-elected board of education members Jan Woodworth and Leigh Baldwin, who defeated challenger Abby Hartwell for two seats on the board. Woodworth received 438 votes, Baldwin received 392 votes and Hartwell received 221 votes. Each will serve a three-year term, beginning July 1.

“It was a great experience and I encourage more people to get involved in the community … we need to have a voice,” Hartwell said after the vote tallies were announced. “And there’s always next year!” she added.

Cazenovia Superintendent Robert Dubik thanked community members who took the time to vote last week.

“With costs rising and state aid revenues continuing to shrink, we in Cazenovia were forced to make some difficult decisions with the 2014-15 budget. Despite the tough fiscal realities, we feel we acted in the best interests of our students, staff and taxpayers. We’re grateful for the community’s support and look forward to continuing our mission to educate and prepare our students for the future,” Dubik said.

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