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UV voters approve budget; elect board members
Unadilla Valley district voters approved a $22.2 million budget for the 2020-21 school year as votes were counted Tuesday night. 

Voting this year, due to the COVID-19 crisis, was conducted entirely through absentee ballots. Preliminary results indicated the budget was approved by a vote of 534 to 219.

Voters also approved a bus lease proposition by a vote of 557 to 194 and elected three board candidates. Victoria Gregory received 600 votes; Richard Potter had 573 votes; Daniel Naughton had 441 votes; and Kim Corcoran had 394 votes. The top three vote-getters received the seats.

The 2020-21 budget includes an increase in spending of less than 0.59 percent, with a 2 percent increase in the tax levy. Use of reserves and cost-savings from retirements are allowing the district to offset a projected 5.2 percent decrease in state aid and allow for flexibility in case of mid-year state aid cuts. There are no losses of academic and extracurricular programming, including athletics. A new Introduction to Education program is planned for next year, but it will rely on current staff. 

The budget includes a tax levy increase that is below the district’s property tax cap limit of 8.86 percent. 

There is also a $100,000 capital outlay project built into the budget. The project is eligible for state aid and would involve installing energy efficient improvements. 

“We would like to thank all of those voters who participated in the election this year. We know it looked a lot different from a normal school budget vote and board election and we appreciate your patience,” Superintendent Robert Mackey said. “This budget will allow Unadilla Valley to move forward into the next year with all academic programming and extracurricular activities intact, while keeping the impact on taxpayers below the state mandated tax levy limit.”
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