School budgets generally pass across Cattaraugus, Allegany counties

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In the two dozen school local New York school districts, voters almost invariably passed budget votes, capital projects and other propositions.

Only Hinsdale voters defeated a budget, with voters choosing 97-93 against a proposed $9.75 million budget.

Statewide, voters in 10 of 670 districts voted down the 2016-17 budgets. In the school districts covered by the Olean Times Herald, only West Valley saw its 2016-17 budget defeated by voters.

If a budget is voted down, state law empowers officials to bring another budget up for vote or go to a contingency budget without public approval. If a new budget is put before voters, the vote will be June 20.

Voters in Allegany-Limestone and Andover approved capital projects, with Allegany-Limestone officials planning a $16.1 million project and Andover officials eyeing a $6.79 million project.

Of the 24 districts in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties, only Alfred-Almond, Bolivar-Richburg and Canaseraga were not immediately available Tuesday evening.

CATTARAUGUS COUNTY

• ALLEGANY-LIMESTONE

Voters approved by a 260-30 tally a $23.1 million budget, a 1.2 percent increase from 2016-17. Voters approved a $16.1 million capital project by a 250-45 tally. Jay King and Diana Maguire received new five-year terms, with 258 and 238 votes, respectively.

• CATTARAUGUS-LITTLE VALLEY

Voters approved by a 233-55 tally a $25.9 million budget, a 3.81 percent increase from 2016-17. A proposal to increase aid for the Little Valley Memorial Library and Cattaraugus Free Library from $25,000 to $50,000 was approved, 212-76; and a proposal for $432,000 to purchase four buses and three minivans was approved, 230-59. Benjamin Stoll and Robert Forster received new three-year terms, with 240 and 229 votes, respectively.

• ELLICOTTVILLE

Voters approved by a 264-57 tally a $12.32 million budget, a 3.5 percent increase from 2016-17. A proposal passed, 271-49, to levy an additional amount not to exceed $31,880 to lease two school buses each of the next five years, beginning with the 2017-18 school year. Incumbent Leonard Zlockie defeated challenger Erin Cornelius by only three votes, 160-157, to earn a five-year seat on the school board.

• FRANKLINVILLE

Voters approved by a 241-104 tally a $18.29 million budget, a 0.61 percent increase from 2016-17. School board incumbent Sue Ciesla was chosen for another five-year term in a 221-144 tally, defeating challenger James McAuley.

• GOWANDA

Voters approved a $30.03 million budget by a 239-98 tally. The budget was an increase of 0.29 percent from 2016-17. Voters also approved propositions for the modification of a vehicle purchase reserve, 246-89, and the authorization to purchase a school bus from the reserve, 270-66. Incumbent Mark Nephew (290 votes), Barbara Weston (277 votes) and Dana Szalay (183 votes) each earned seats on the school board, defeating Heidi John, who garnered 163 votes.

• HINSDALE

Voters denied by a 97-93 tally a $9.75 million budget, a 0.85 percent increase from 2016-17. However, with a vote of 110-80, the purchase of a bus for $120,000 was approved

Incumbent Nanci Hurlburt (156), was approved for a five-year term on the school board.

• OLEAN

Voters approved by a 268-37 tally a $39.81 million budget, a 0.74 percent decrease from 2016-17. Also approved by 258-46 was the creation of a $500,000 Vehicle Purchase Reserve Fund. Incumbent Paul Hessney (261) and newcomer Janine Fodor (240) were approved to each fill five-year terms on the school board. There were also 17 write-in votes.

• PORTVILLE

Voters approved by a 205-41 tally a $17.71 million budget, a 0.58 percent increase from 2016-17. The purchase of two buses for $232,587 was approved, 201-44. Daniel Wenke and Cheryl Wood received 228 and 215 votes, respectively, for five-year terms.

• RANDOLPH

Voters approved by a 119-15 tally a $20.29 million budget, a 2.95 percent increase from 2016-17. Incumbents Marshall Johnson and Louise Boutwell received 121 and 124 votes, respectively, for new terms.

• SALAMANCA

Voters approved by a 324-146 tally a $31.99 million budget, an 8.12 percent increase from 2016-17. Incumbent Barb Sande was re-elected to a five-year term over challenger Kathi Gimbrone by a 275-199 tally.

• WEST VALLEY

Voters approved by a 156-120 tally a $9.1 million budget, a 2.23 percent increase from 2016-17. Voters also approved a resolution, 157-119, to purchase a bus, car, van and associated equipment for $148,180. Dawn Samborski won a five-year term on the board.

• YORKSHIRE-PIONEER

Voters approved by a 314-78 tally a $53.91 million budget, a 1.31 percent increase from 2016-17. Mary Lou Merlau received 309 votes for a five-year term, and Denise Urbino received 251 votes for a one-year term. Scott Rimbey received 97 and Jennifer Daugherty received 93.

ALLEGANY COUNTY

• ANDOVER

Voters approved by a 130-32 tally a $9.31 million budget, a 1.4 percent increase from 2016-17. The creation of a $2 million Capital Reserve Fund was approved, 137-25; the withdrawal of $121,000 from the Bus Purchase Fund for a new bus was approved, 134-27; and a $6.79 million capital improvement project was approved, 122-33. Brian Perkins and Patrick Howland Jr. received new three-year terms, with 131 and 123 votes, respectively.

• BELFAST

Voters approved by a 145-51 tally a $9.66 million budget, a 2.92 percent increase from 2016-17. A $45,240 allocation for the Belfast Public Library was approved, 156-40. School board candidates Chris Enders and Daphne “Becky” Backer received five year terms on the board, with 186 and 143 votes, respectively. Suzanne Male received 46 votes. Beth Hazelton received a five-year term on the Belfast Public Library board of trustees, with 163 votes.

• BOLIVAR-RICHBURG

Voters approved by a 100-22 tally a $19.41 million budget, a 5.42 percent increase from 2016-17. Results for additional proposals were not reported, which included a proposal to extend the district’s capital reserve fund for an additional 10 years; to create a $4 million capital improvements reserve fund; to transfer $373,000 from the capital transportation reserve fund to buy three new buses; to increase support for the Bolivar Free Library by $2,500 ; to increase support for the Richburg Colonial Library by $6,000; and to increase support for the Little Genesee Free Library by $1,000. Karl Hackett II and Patti Erwin McElheny ran unopposed for two three-year seats on the board.

• CUBA-RUSHFORD

Voters approved a $21.08 million budget, a 2.72 percent increase from 2016-17. Also approved were an additional $600 to support the Rushford Free Library and an additional $7,354 to support the Cuba Circulating Library. Gary Wight defeated Dennelle Michalski for a five-year term now held by Ed Zalar, who did not run again. Vote tallies were not reported.

• FILLMORE

Voters approved by a 153-31 tally a $16.16 million budget, a 9.13 percent increase from 2016-17. A $190,000 bond for three school buses was approved, 162-87. School board candidate Sara Hatch received a five-year seat on the board, and Matt Hopkins received a three-year term, with 170 and 171 votes, respectively.

• FRIENDSHIP

Voters approved by a 73-23 tally a $9.90 million budget, a 3.19 percent increase from 2016-17. A proposal to lease a school bus for $120,000 from the general fund was approved, 76-20. William “Scott” Richie was unopposed for a new five-year term on the school board, garnering 77 votes.

• GENESEE VALLEY

Voters approved by a 243-67 tally a $15.52 million budget, a 1.53 percent increase from 2016-17. The purchase of a 72-passenger bus and a 30-passenger bus not to exceed $190,000 from the district’s Transportation Reserve Fund was approved, 265-48; $50,000 each for the Angelica Free Library and Belmont Free Library was approved, 258-56; and the creation of two election districts with district-run voter registration for future elections was approved, 205-98. Joshua Shannon, Amy Werner and Beverly Evans received three-year terms on the school board, with 193, 231 and 197 votes, respectively. Tonya Metatos received 160 votes.

• SCIO

Voters approved by a 80-22 tally a $10.41 million budget, a 1.5 percent increase from 2016-17. The purchase of a bus for $125,152 was approved, 82-21; the expenditure of $15,000 from the Equipment Reserve Fund for radio equipment was approved, 79-23; and increasing collections for the Scio Memorial Library from $22,000 to $23,000 was approved, 69-33. Loren Knapp received 87 votes for a new five-year term on the school board.

• WELLSVILLE

Voters approved by a 256-82 tally a $29.23 million budget, a 0.65 percent increase from 2016-17. A $240,000 purchase of two buses was approved, 267-75; and an additional $3,922 for the David A. Howe Public Library was approved, 258-83. Alan Mosher and Constance Synakowski received three-year terms on the school board, and George Kinnicutt received a two-year term on the board, with 249, 270 and 212 votes, respectively. Rex Olson received 194 votes.

• WHITESVILLE

Voters approved by an 86-4 tally a $6.53 million budget, a 1.52 percent decrease. A bus purchase proposal passed, 82-7; and a library levy proposal passed 57-33. Monica Acomb and Jane Hall were elected to the school board, and Ruth Benson was elected to the library board.

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