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RCS voters approve $44.5 million budget, bus and library propositions

Residents of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk took to the polls today, approving a $44.5 million budget for the 2016-17 school year, as well as the bus purchase proposition, community library vote and proposition.

With 655 in favor and 317 opposed, residents approved the $44,500,531 budget for the 2016-17 school year. The budget calls for an increase in total spending of 2.92 percent, or $1,263,801, from the 2015-16 school year and a tax levy increase of 1.63 percent, which equals the district’s limit based on the state’s tax levy cap calculation. The budget maintains all current student programs at RCS.

The approval of the bus proposition allows the district to purchase seven new buses and two new passenger vans as part of the district maintenance and replacement plan. The state will reimburse the district for 61 percent of the purchase cost.

Residents also voted to fill three Board of Education seats, re-electing school board candidates Jason Hyslop with 731 votes, James Latter, II with 737 votes, and electing new board member Kristen Rexford with 729 votes.

The RCS Community Library vote passed with 750 in favor and 221 opposed. The library also had a proposition on the ballot, which was approved by voters, allowing the library to purchase the existing library facility located at 95 Main Street in the Village of Ravena. Residents also re-elected four candidates to the library board of trustees: Megan Aurelia with 716 votes, Joseph Boehlke with 745 votes, Antonio Booth with 719 votes and Marie Sturges with 748 votes.