• Hermon-DeKalb voters approve $14.26 million budget, elect three board members

    On May 16, Hermon-DeKalb Central School District voters approved the district’s $14.26 million 2023-24 budget proposal, elected three board of education members and approved the purchase of two school buses. The budget proposition passed 160 to 24.

    District-related propositions

    • A $14,262,451 budget for the 2023-24 school year that increases spending 5.2% ($705,326) and carries a tax levy increase of 1.90%: 160 yes; 24 no
    • Purchasing two new school buses at a total cost not to exceed $370,000: 158 yes; 25 no

    Board of Education Election

    Four candidates sought election to three open board of education seats.

    Two terms will last five years, expiring June 30, 2028:

    • Michael Robinson : 138 votes
    • Ross Putman: 136 votes

    One term will last two years, expiring June 30, 2025:

    • John Wright: 105 votes

    The terms all begin July 1, 2023.

    Library proposition

    Hepburn Library of Hermon tax collection, $10,000 annually: 143 yes; 42 no

    New York state education law allows libraries to place a funding proposition on school district ballots and requires school districts, at the libraries’ request, to levy and collect taxes for libraries. The Hepburn Library of Hermon is a separate legal entity from the school district, with its own funding and budget.