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Voters overwhelmingly approve budgets in Brushton-Moira, St Regis Falls

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MALONE -Voters in the Brushton-Moira and St. Regis Falls school districts gave their definitive stamp of approval to their respective district’s 2014-15 budgets Tuesday night.

St. Regis Falls

SRF voters approved the district’s $8,348,207 budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year by a better than three-to-one ratio.

The budget, which carries a tax levy increase of 1 percent, received 93 positive votes to just 23 negative ones.

Taxpayers also voted on a proposition for the purchase of one wheelchair-accessible 60-passenger school bus with 93 in favor and 26 against.

In one of only two contested school board races in northern Franklin County, current board Vice President Thomas O’Bryan turned back a challenge from North Country Community College English professor Stacey Mascia-Susice. O’Bryan polled 76 votes to Mascia-Susice’s 45 votes.

Brushton-Moira

Voters in the Brushton-Moira Central School District approved their spending plan by a 139 - 42 margin.

Taxpayers will see a $2,928,740 tax levy increase in the 2014-2015 budget, with a budget spending total of $17,283,890. The 3.99 percent tax levy increase is under the state tax cap limit of 4.56 percent.

While the levy is up 3.99 percent, the estimated tax rate increase is is 2.63 percent, per $1,000 of assessed value.

Voters also decided on a proposition to purchase one bus and one van for a cost not to exceed $121,954, approving it by a vote of 160 in favor to 49 against.

Taxpayers also voted to fill three board of education seats.

Incumbents Dennis Egan, Tracy Edwards-Warren and Marice Bright were unopposed in their re-election bids.

“We’re just pleased that we had a successful budget vote, and now we have to get ready for the end of the school year,” said Donna André, the shared superintendent for BMC and SRF.

She noted that the turnout was low, which she attributed to overall voter satisfaction with the spending plans.

“Usually, you get big numbers when you’ve got a controversial topic,” she said.

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