Fort Plain voters approve bus referendums
Voters approved three bus referendums on
Tuesday, Feb. 12, which allows the Fort Plain Central School
District to create a reserve called the bus/transportation reserve
fund that would be used to buy buses, vehicles and other
transportation equipment. Voters approved the transfer of $409,631
in capital reserve fund to the bus/transportation reserve fund; and
to spend no more than $245,000 in surplus fund balance to buy two
“We’re very happy the community came out and
supported the district,” said Superintendent Douglas C. Burton.
“We’ve now created a way to stave off future tax increases for bus
The first proposition, which asked
voters to authorize the creation of a bus/transportation fund, was
approved 115 to 46. Voters approved the fund transfer 116 to 48, and
approved the purchase of two buses by a vote of 114 to 49.
None of the approved plans required an
increase in taxes, but district leaders needed voter approval in
order to create or change reserve funds or to purchase the buses.
The newly-created bus/transportation reserve
fund (not to exceed $2.3 million) can only be used for the purchase
of school buses, vehicles and transportation-related equipment. The
balance of funding for the bus/transportation reserve fund will come
from the transfer of the remaining $409,631 in a capital reserve
The district — which currently manages
transportation services for the newly-merged St. Johnsville Central
School District— routinely replaces buses after a certain age to
ensure student safety and to reduce the cost of repairs.
Under the approved plan, the district will
move from a five-year to a 10-year replacement schedule.