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North Salem's $41.1M School Budget Easily Passes; Incumbents Re-Elected

Pequenakonck Elementary School, which serves as the polling place for North Salem school board and budget votes.
Pequenakonck Elementary School, which serves as the polling place for North Salem school board and budget votes. Photo Credit: Daily Voice/File

NORTH SALEM N.Y. -- Voters in North Salem approved the proposed 2016-17 budget by a large margin on Tuesday.

Results from the district show that 498 votes were cast in favor of the budget while 175 votes were cast against it.

The budget has $41,148,851 in total spending, an increase of 0.75 percent. The tax levy, which represents the total amount of property tax revenue to be collected for the budget, will increase by 0.58 percent. The levy increase is within a state-mandated cap on annual hikes.

Voters also approved a ballot proposition that authorizes the school district to spend up to $744,403 on purchasing new buses. The proposition passed by 483 votes in favor to 189 votes against.

Meanwhile, all three incumbents on the school board who were up for election won new terms. Results show that incumbents Katherine Daniels, Jennifer Binette and Deborah D’Agostino received respective vote totals of 463, 444 and 417. Challenger Kurt Guldan finished in fourth with 363 votes.

Write-in votes were cast for Kathy Daignault, Richard T. Miller and John Vassak. The three individuals each received a single vote.

The incumbents' new terms will start on July 1 and run until June 30, 2019. The school board is made up of seven members, with seats up for elections on a staggered annual basis.

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