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Voters to decide fate of school budgets today

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POTSDAM - Voters across the region will be heading to the polls today to elect board of education members and determine the fate of their district’s budget.

In Potsdam, voters will be electing three board of education members from a field of four candidates. Incumbents Wade A. Davis, Christopher C. Cowen and Frederick C. Stone Jr. will be joined on the ballot by former board of education member Ann M. Carvill.

The district’s budget is a $28,196,659 plan that increases spending by 3.2 percent and carries a tax levy of $12,188,521. The 2.9 percent tax levy increase is under the district’s maximum allowable levy.

Polls in Potsdam will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Voting is held in the high school auditorium.

Voters will also be deciding whether or not to allow the district to bond for the purchase of three buses at a cost not to exceed $309,000, less trade-in value.

In Massena, voters will be asked choose between incumbents Kevin F. Perretta and Leonard A. Matthews and newcomers Jason Premo and Paul A. Haggett for two seats on the board of education.

The district’s $49,051,678 budget increases spending by 4.9 percent and carries a tax levy of $13,997,687. The 1.64 percent tax levy increase is under the district’s maximum allowable levy.

As part of the budget proposition, voters will be asked to allow the district to purchase five 66-passenger buses at a cost not to exceed $523.705 from the general fund. No bonds, notes or renewal notes will be used to raise funds for this purchase.

Polls at the Massena Community Center, 61 Beach St., will be open from 12 to 8 p.m.

Voters in the Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District are also looking at a contested board race with incumbent Heidi Condon Simmons being joined on the ballot by Joseph R. McGill and Corey L. Sheldon. There are two spots up for grabs. Incumbent Fred Wilhelm opted to not seek re-election.

The district’s $10,446,177 budget increases spending by 2.5 percent. The plan is supported by a tax levy of $3,432,359, an increase of 3.98 percent that meets the district’s tax cap.

Polls will be open from 1 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium at the school.

Voters will also be deciding whether to allow the district to borrow up to $240,000 for the purchase of two buses.

Another contested race will be held for voters in the Colton-Pierrepont Central School, where three candidates are vying for two seats on the board.

Incumbents Jeffrey W. Angleberger and KayC Stone will be joined on the ballot by Cindy L. McLean.

The district’s $10,280,000 budget increases spending 4.5 percent. The $7,120,000 tax levy to support the spending plan carries a .9 percent increase and comes in under the district’s tax cap limit.

Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. in the lobby adjacent to the auditorium at the school.

St. Lawrence Central School voters will be asked to return Robert J. Dow and Nereida Diaz-Fuentes to their seats on the board of education. Both incumbents are running unopposed this year.

The district’s $21,353,197 budget increases spending by 7.9 percent and carries a tax levy of $4,803,359. The plan calls for a tax levy increase of 3.725, which falls under the district’s tax cap.

Voters will also be asked to approve the purchase of two 66-passenger school buses and one 42-passenger bus at a cost not to exceed $308,000.

In addition, they will be asked to allow the district to establish a capital reservefund to be used to finance equipment acquisitions, construction,reconstruction, and other capital projects, not to exceed$750,000 for a term of 10 years or less.

Polls will be open from 12 to 8 p.m. in the middle school gymnasium.

In Norwood-Norfolk, voters will be asked to return incumbents Karl J. Fetter Jon Hunkins to their board of education seats. Three seats are available this year, and one vacancy will need to be filled following today’s budget vote.

The district’s $20,633,492 spending plan increases spending by 1.8 percent, with a tax levy of $6.143,360. The plan calls for a tax levy increase of 0.5 percent, which is under the district’s tax cap.

Voters will also be asked to allow the district to purchase two 60-passenger and one 30-passenger buses at a cost not to exceed $250,000.

Polls are open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the district’s board room.

In Madrid-Waddington, voters will be electing two board of education candidates through write-in votes. Incumbents Mary Loomis and Richard Hobkirk both elected not to submit petitions, although Mr. Hobkirk is now running as a write-in candidate.

The district’s $15,323,475 budget increases spending by 3.6 percent. The $3,194,226 tax levy is a 2.1 percent increase, but comes in under the district’s tax cap limit.

Polls will be open from 1 to 8 p.m. Voting will take place in the lobby adjacent to the high school auditorium.

Voters will also be voting on a proposition to allow the district to borrow up to $185,000 for the purchase of two buses and a $3 million capital project.

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