B-P residents approve budget, buses

By a vote of 373 to 228, residents of the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District approved a $36,647,500 budget for the 2018-19 school year. The approved budget calls for a 5.62 percent increase in spending from the 2017-18 school year and a 3.90 percent tax levy increase, which is below the district’s calculated tax levy “cap.” More than half of the projected tax levy increase will go toward paying down debt associated with the 2016 capital project, while the rest will go toward the district’s annual operating budget.

District residents also approved (413 to 181) a proposition that will allow Broadalbin-Perth to purchase four 66-passenger school buses. The state will pay for approximately 77 percent of the cost of the purchase, and there is no tax increase associated with the bus purchase.

Residents also voted to fill one seat on the Broadalbin-Perth Board of Education. Incumbent Paul Chizek, who was running unopposed for re-election, received 496 votes.