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David W. Ziskin

Superintendent of Schools

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Fort Plain, NY 13339

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Fort Plain CSD voters to see three propositions on ballot on May 20
Bus proposition wouldn’t affect local taxes and third proposition for local library is completely separate from district

On May 20, 2014, Fort Plain Central School District voters will vote on four propositions: the district budget, a bus proposal, the community library budget, and a proposal to extend Board of Education terms from three years to five.

The second proposal would allow the district to purchase two buses (one full-size and one half-size) at a cost not to exceed $200,000. The money would come from the bus/transportation reserve fund approved by voters in 2013 and would have no effect on local taxes. In February 2013, voters approved the district to establish the fund for 10 years.

“We’ve already set these funds aside,” said Fort Plain Superintendent Douglas Burton. “We can buy buses for 10 years without any impact to the local taxes.”

The new buses would replace a van-style bus and a full-size bus which is one of the oldest and most often repaired vehicles in the fleet.
Meanwhile, the third proposition includes a request from the Board of Trustees at the Fort Plain Free Library to increase its tax levy from $50,000 to $75,000.

The proposition has nothing to do with the school district finances, but state education law provides public libraries in the state with the ability to place a funding proposition on a school district ballot. Many school districts around the state collect taxes on behalf of a local library.

“We are their vehicle to advertise their vote,” Mr. Burton said. “It’s a law in which the district has no control.”

The fourth proposition would increase the term of office of Board of Education members from three to five years. It would do so in the following schedule:

  • 2015 – One Board member shall be elected for a term
    of three years and one Board member shall be elected for a term of four years;

  • 2016 – Two Board members shall be elected for terms of four years each;

  • 2017 – One Board member shall be elected for a term of four years and two Board members shall be elected for terms of five years
    each;

  • 2018 and thereafter – All members of the Board of Education for the Fort Plain Central School District shall be elected for terms of five years.


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