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Poland 2018-19 school budget approved

May 15, 2018

POLAND – Poland Central School District residents voted 124-27 on Tuesday, May 15, to approve the district’s $14.37 million budget for the 2018-19 school year.

The spending plan is a 0.84 percent increase from the current school year’s budget and will result in a 1.63 property tax levy increase.

“We appreciate that community members showed their school support with their votes today,” Poland Superintendent Laura Dutton said. “This budget will allow us to continue to provide resources to our teachers and students to help our children graduate from Poland prepared for their future.”

The 1.63 percent property tax levy increase is below the district’s maximum allowable tax levy limit of 1.96 percent. There have now been seven school budget seasons since the state instituted a property tax levy limit, and for the seventh time, Poland’s budget stays at or below the limit.

Because Poland’s proposed tax levy increase is below the limit as calculated by the state’s tax levy limit formula, the budget required approval from a simple majority (50 percent plus one) to pass.

Residents also voted on the Board of Education election. There were two open seats, and one candidate, Chris Fullem, filed a petition to be on the ballot. Fullem received 131 votes.

Several write-in candidates also received votes. The write-in candidate with the most votes was Nora Ricci, who received five votes.

Fullem will serve a five-year term from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2023. Ricci will also serve a five-year term if she accepts the position.