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Warwick community passes 2017-18 school budget proposal

on May 16, 2017

Warwick Valley Central School District residents Tuesday approved the proposed $90.1 million budget for the 2017-18 school year by a margin of 71.3 percent, or 1,289 yes votes to 519 no votes.

Residents re-elected current WVCSD Board of Education members Robert Howe and Dory Masefield to additional three-year terms, with 832 votes and 765 votes respectively. Receiving 819 votes, John Garcia was elected to fill the other open seat for a three-year term. Complete election results.

The separate school bus purchase proposition passed by a margin of 60.1 percent – 1,080 yes votes to 716 no votes. The proposition to establish a capital reserve fund for the purchase of school buses passed by a margin of 59.4 percent – 1,061 yes votes to 726 no votes. And the proposition to establish a reserve fund for capital improvements passed by a margin of 67.4 percent, with 1,205 yes votes to 582 no votes.

“We are extremely grateful for the community’s support,” Superintendent David Leach said. “We thank everyone who participated in the process and came out to vote today.”

The 2017-18 budget reflects a 2.17% overall spending increase compared to the current school year, with a 1.8% tax levy increase.

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