Voters approve $102,250,169 million 2021-22 school budget and bus proposition

Minisink Valley School District residents approved the proposed 2021-22 $102,250,169 school budget by an 892 (yes) to 725 (no) vote.

The results showed 55 percent of voters approved the budget.

The approved budget maintains all current student programs and services.

This budget increases spending by $2,253,610 from the current year, and includes a 2.42 percent tax levy increase.

The approved 2.42 percent increase in the tax levy – total amount of money to be raised through property taxes – is within the New York State tax cap requirement. The approved budget needed a simple majority.

“This budget is extremely respectful of taxpayer dollars, is tax cap compliant and allows us to continue to provide the best possible education to the children in the Minisink Valley community,” said Superintendent Brian Monahan. “Thank you for your continued support of our efforts and for the trust you give us to educate your children, particularly during the challenges of this pandemic year.”

Bus proposition approved

Voters also approved Proposition 2, in an 882 (yes) to 732 (no) vote, a 55 percent voter approval. This now gives the district the authority to purchase 15 school buses in the amount of $1,688,823.

It resumes the district’s 10-year replacement bus plan which was put on hold for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years. State aid will cover $1,266,617, or 75 percent of the total cost. The net cost to the district, after state aid is applied, is $422,206.

Board of Election results

Additionally, four Minisink Valley school district residents were elected to the Board of Education.

Three members will serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2024, as determined by the three highest numbers of votes received.

They are:
Anthony Monaco: 1,084
Dr. Scott Hines: 978
Melissa Young: 946

Nakia Hickman, who received 903 votes, will serve the unexpired term caused by the removal of a board member. This term of office begins Wednesday, May 18 through June 30, 2022.