Thursday May 23, 2013

ELIZABETH CONKEY

Staff Writer

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Residents in the Cambridge Central School District approved the 2013-14 budget Tuesday evening by a healthy margin.

Paul Baker-Porazinski, who was challenged by Sean Cossey, was re-elected to the Board of Education 718-336.

"I was thrilled to be re-elected," said Baker-Porazinski. He will continue to support Superintendent Vincent Canini, to whom he attributes much of the district’s success in recent years.

"I am an advocate of his performance," he said, "and I’m very pleased with the direction the district has gone under his leadership."

The proposed 2013-14 general budget passed with 708 voting yes and 458 voting no.

The 2013-14 budget appropriates $18.8 million, an increase of approximately $1.5 million compared to the 2012-13 budget. The budget included approximately $273,000 in additional property taxes, representing an increase of 9 percent over 2012-13.

A school bus proposition on the ballot also passed, with 637 yes votes and 518 no votes, which will allow the district to purchase two new buses for pupil transportation, totaling no more than $206,539.

The 2013-14 budget for the Cambridge Public Library was also passed 785-376, totaling $40,850.

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