Amsterdam school budget shot down; others in county approved
MONTGOMERY COUNTY Voters rejected the Greater Amsterdam School District’s $55.4 million budget proposal by just more than 30 votes Tuesday and shot down a proposition that would have provided $25,000 to the Walter Elwood Museum.
The district’s budget proposal, which called for an overall tax levy increase of 11.37 percent and an additional $2.4 million in spending, went down by a vote of 831 to 799.
The Board of Directors of the Walter Elwood Museum submitted a petition to the district asking that voters decide on providing money to support it. Voters rejected the idea 1,029 to 531.
“It’s going to be a really difficult situation for the museum,” Walter Elwood Museum director Anne Peconie said later Tuesday.
Peconie said the museum’s new location — Guy Park Manor — had a utility bill of $35,000 last year, and it will be difficult to find funding to maintain it.
“It could be a really bad situation. We could be turning over the collection to the New York State Museum and it could be sitting in a basement in Albany. I’m hoping that won’t happen,” Peconie said.
Amsterdam School Superintendent Thomas Perillo said the vote results show there is a lot of support among the community because the district’s budget has been defeated in the past with a greater margin despite carrying a smaller tax levy increase than the 2009-10 proposal.
Perillo thanked staff and Board of Education candidates for their hard work leading up to the vote.
He said he wanted to see what the Board of Education wants to do before commenting on a possible next step.
In board elections, candidates Raymond Crosby and Gina DeRossi were elected to three-year terms.
In an additional proposition, voters rejected spending $68,600 for the purchase of two Chevrolet Suburban buses.
Results from other Montgomery County school districts that provided tallies are as follows:
Voters approved an $18.8 million budget 365 to 247. The budget called for $1.1 million more in spending with a 4 percent tax levy increase. Eric Trahan was elected to a five-year term on the Board of Education.
District residents approved a $25.7 million budget 226 to 104. The spending plan calls for $443,110 in additional spending and a tax levy increase of 2.9 percent.
Voters also approved a $13,500 appropriation for the Frothingham Free Library and $3,800 for the Fort Hunter Free Library, 262 to 61.
Candidates Connie Conte, Carol DeBonte and Rodney Simonds were elected to three-year terms on the board.
A $17.5 million budget was approved by voters 344 to 301. Residents voted down a proposal to borrow up to $485,000 for four buses and a passenger vehicle in a vote of 327 to 299. Candidates Mary Beth Hudyncia and Louis Capece were elected to three-year terms on the board.
Votes approved a $9.4 million budget proposal 194 to 166. Patricia Christensen was elected to a five-year term on the board.