Cazenovia voters approve $26.4 million budget, elect two board members

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On Tuesday, May 21, Cazenovia Central School District residents voted to approve the district’s 2013-14 proposed budget, with 444 voting in favor and 207 voting against it. The $26.4 million budget carries a 3.39 percent spending increase over the current year and a 4.94 percent increase in the tax levy. Screen Shot 2013-08-23 at 11.07.40 AMCazenovia residents Rochelle Cassella (top right) and Dan Buddie prepare to vote in the May 21, 2013 school budget election, while volunteer poll workers (and retired Burton Street Elementary School teachers) Rosalea Wilbur (top left) and Patsy Hagan look on. The tax levy increase is at the allowable limit set by New York’s tax levy limit law. “We want to thank the members of our community who turned out at the polls and voted today,” said Superintendent Robert Dubik. “A school district can only be strong as the community that supports it,” Dubik continued. “With revenue sources dwindling and mandated expenses rising, we worked to find ways to present a budget proposal that safeguards Cazenovia’s core academic program, while remaining sensitive to taxpayers.” Voters also approved:
  • A $71,871 proposition to purchase two replacement school buses, with 480 voting in favor and 172 voting against it.
  • A combined budget of $527,800 for New Woodstock Free Library and Cazenovia Public Library, with 482 voting yes, 169 voting no.
Two candidates also were elected to the Cazenovia Board of Education. Voters re-elected incumbent Kathy Hahn (530 votes) and elected newcomer Lisa Lounsbury (540 votes). Each will serve a three-year term, beginning July 1. “On behalf of the Board of Education, I want to thank Cazenovia voters for approving this budget,” said board President Fritz Koennecke. “Our mission is to provide an educational environment that empowers students to reach their potential and develop a sense of responsibility and an appreciation for learning. This budget meets that challenge, by fortifying the academic program we in Cazenovia have come to expect from our schools.” Screen Shot 2013-08-23 at 11.08.10 AMCazenovia High School senior Carson Clabeaux, 18, signs in to vote for the first time in the school district budget election May 21, 2013. Volunteer election clerk (and retired Burton Street Elementary School teacher) Sara Mitchell, instructs first-time voter Carson Clabeaux in how to cast his ballot. Screen Shot 2013-08-23 at 11.08.47 AM  

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