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May 13, 2014

Salmon River school budget includes 2 percent tax hike

FORT COVINGTON — Taxes will go up 2 percent in the 2014-15 budget being offered by Salmon River Central School Board.

The overall budget is $29,469,098, an increase of 1.35 percent from this year.

The amount to be raised by taxes is $1,989,899, up 2 percent.

The average tax increase for a home valued at $100,000 would be $22.

The vote will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, in the high-school auditorium.


According to information in a newsletter sent to residents, the district will receive a state-aid increase of more than $530,000 next year.

But health-care costs are going up 4 percent, and total salaries will increase $200,000 in the coming year.

Positions for an art teacher and a teaching assistant will also be created in the spending plan.


In addition to the budget, voters will be asked to choose three people to serve five-year terms on the School Board.

The seven candidates are: Jon Pontius, Sheila Marshall, Jason McDonald, Michael Connors Jr., Tammy Francis, Darrell Lapage and Robert Durant.


A proposition will also be on the ballot seeking permission to purchase a 28-passenger, a 65-passenger and an eight-passenger bus, at a total cost not to exceed $200,000.

Another proposition asks permission to change the current at-large election of board members to specific seats, with the vacancy described on nominating petitions.

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