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Voters approve $22.9 million 2018-19 budget, elect two Board of Education members

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On May 15, Moravia Central School District residents approved the district’s proposed $22.9 million budget for the 2018-19 school year. The proposal calls for a 2.38 percent increase in spending over 2017-18 and carries a 2.95 percent tax levy increase.
  • Approved the $22,915,697 budget for the 2018-19 school year that increases spending 2.38 percent ($533,556), and carries a 2.95 percent tax levy increase ($232,890): 398 yes, 94 no
  • Elected two members to the Board of Education: Jennifer Bilinski (304 votes) and Leigh Hess (286 votes). Each will serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2018, and ending June 30, 2021. Incumbent Terry Thompson received 283 votes.
  • Approved the purchase of three student transport vehicles at a cost not to exceed $350,000: 395 yes, 96 no 
  • Decided the Board of Education should amend the district’s transportation policy to expand the number of students eligible for bus service to and from school: 343 yes, 148 no
  • Approved a 3 percent tax levy increase for Powers Public Library: 370 yes, 118 no
“We’re so grateful to all those who came out to the polls today to vote,” Superintendent of Schools John Birmingham said. “Our students are fortunate to live in a community that shares our commitment to a world-class education for all.”

The proposed tax levy increase of 2.95 percent is within the tax levy limit that is calculated for 2018-19 through a prescribed state formula. As a result, the budget required the support of a simple majority (50 percent plus one) of voters to be approved. The 2018-19 budget was approved by 80.9 percent of Moravia voters.

As approved, the fiscal plan includes no program reductions; adds two teachers, one teacher aide and a cleaner; restores a school resource officer (SRO) and a late bus run; and includes a $100,000 capital outlay for heating, ventilation and air conditioning upgrades. Capital outlay projects receive approximately 83.6 percent state reimbursement.

“On behalf of the Moravia Board of Education, I would like to thank the community for their continued support,” Board President Michelle Lyon said. “The school could not continue to thrive and provide multiple opportunities for all students without the community’s partnership. It is an honor to serve you and to be a member of this community.”