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Batavia school budget approved

BATAVIA – Business Administrator Scott C. Rozanski wasn’t holding anything in as he reported the results of Batavia school budget voting Tuesday night.

“We’re thrilled that the community has gone out and overwhelmingly supported the decisions we’re making for our district,” said Rozanski as he read off the vote totals for the $43 million spending plan and propositions covering a capital reserve plan and busing eligibility at John Kennedy Intermediate School and Batavia High School.

District residents approved the budget by a 426-75 vote, a proposition to establish a 10-year, $7.5 million capital reserve fund for future projects by a 391-91 vote, and a proposition to increase the busing mileage guidelines to accommodate more students living within the city limits by a 405-82 vote.

The approved budget comes with a tax hike of 35 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation or about $31.50 per year to a homeowner with a house assessed at $90,000.

Three people ran for three open seats on the school board. Incumbents Gretchen L. DiFante and Leslie Johnson received 404 and 390 votes, respectively, while newcomer Shawna Murphy received 407 votes. Their terms are for three years, effective July 1.