Thursday May 23, 2013

ELIZABETH CONKEY

Staff Writer

HOOSICK, N.Y. -- Despite Tuesday night’s less-than-stellar voter turnout, Hoosick Falls Central School District members are celebrating the approval of the 2013-14 fiscal year budget, as well as the election of a new board member.

"I was definitely nervous about this year’s outcome," said HFCS School Board President Gregory Laurin. "I noticed a lot of older voters, and guessed they would be voting ‘no’ simply because of the tax increase."

With 370 votes in favor and 174 against, the 2013-14 budget of $21.79 milion includes an increase of $237,787 in taxes, or a local levy increase of 2.67 percent.

In addition to the general budget, another item was proposed under a different ballot concerning the purchase of three new school buses for the district. This vote also passed, 387 in favor, 156 opposed.

Rachel Boisvert will be replacing current board member Dwain Wilwol, after an uncontested vote.

Laurin, as well as other board members, were particularly concerned with this year’s voter turnout. A spring concert was purposely scheduled the same night as the budget vote, in hopes of drawing voters to the polls, with little success.

Board member David Sutton made last-minute phone calls during last night’s meeting, encouraging Hoosick Falls residents and their friends to vote before the polls closed at 9 p.


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"We need to work on having a better turnout next year," Laurin said. "Our goal is, and always has been, to drive student achievement and we can’t do that without our taxpayers."

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