By Dave Dahl
The largest percentage of voters approved the Eden Central School District’s budget since the district started keeping track of those figures in 2001.
Thomas Murphy, finance director, told the Eden School Board on Wednesday night that 70.66 percent of the 777 voters who cast ballots Tuesday voted in favor of the spending plan.
“Seventy percent is quite impressive,” he said.
The budget passed 549-228.
Murphy credited the budget advisory team and staff members and officials who worked with him. He believes they informed voters well.
“We don’t want a budget shrouded in mystery,” he said.
Officials did not know how many registered voters live in the district. Barbara Thomasulo, district clerk, told the board voter turnout was lower than usual.
“We usually have 900 or 1,000,” she said. “In a contentious year, we could have 1,200.”
Last year, voters approved the budget 485-306. Of the 791 voters, 61.31 percent voted in favor.
Board members also heard from David Kean, a high school social studies teacher who facilitates Raiders Respond, a day of student volunteer work.
Students landscaped at a nursing home, three churches, the Newell-Faulkner American Legion Post 880 and other sites Friday in the Town of Eden.
“A lot of it is just raking, clearing,” he said of the 550 students’ efforts.
Pupils at Eden Elementary School and Grover L. Priess Primary School also participated by clearing debris in parks.
Board members Barbara Henry and Colin Campbell were absent.