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Salmon River budget passes by narrow margin

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Residents in the Salmon River Central School District narrowly voted to approve a $27,688,195 budget, with 167 voting for and 137 voting against the spendingplan.

The spending plan is accompanied by a 2 percent increase in property taxes. Taxes will garner the district a total of $1,912,628. The budget represents a 4.6 percent increase from 2011-2012 and calls for no staffing cuts.

Voters also approved the purchase of three buses at a cost not to exceed $307,047 by a 200-103 margin. School officials previously stated that two of the buses will hold 66 passengers, while the third will hold 48 plus be equipped with a lift.

Incumbent board members Matthew Mainville, 253 votes, and Linda Durant, 225, were unopposed in their bids for re-election.

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