Holley, Kendall, Lyndonville school budgets approved by voters

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 May 2022 at 10:05 pm

Voters in Holley, Kendall and Lyndonville approved their school budgets today.

Holley’s proposed $26,982,000 budget passed with a 235-130 vote.

The budget increases taxes by 1.95 percent. The budget maintains all current educational programs and represents a 3.18 percent budget-to-budget increase.

Other Holley propositions also were approved by voters:

  • Capital improvements reserve fund at a maximum of $6 million – 233 yes votes, 138 no votes
  • Proposition to purchase new school buses as a maximum of $334,000 – 232 yes votes, 139 no votes
  • Proposition to collect $194,966 for Community Free Library – 274 yes votes, 100 no votes

Two candidates for two three-year terms on the Board of Education were elected. Tracy Van Ameron received 287 votes and Anne Winkley was backed by 281 voters.

In Kendall, the $19,822,921 budget was approved with a 123-26 vote.

The budget keeps the tax levy at $4,964,656, and decreases spending by $157,808 to $19,822,921.

Other propositions include:

  • Authorize $250,000 from a Transportation Bus Reserve Fund to replace transportation vehicles of the district – 130 yes votes, 19 no votes
  • Establish a capital reserve fund for up to $5 million for a future capital project – 129 yes votes, 19 no votes
  • Lisa Levett, current president of the Board of Education, received 137 votes for another five-year term. She was unopposed.

In Lyndonville, the $15,704,953 budget passed, 226-76. That’s 74.8 percent in favor.

The budget calls for a 2 percent tax increase, or by $90,564 to $4,618,740 for the tax levy. The budget maintains all current programs, including music, athletics and extracurriculars, and also keeps a school resource officer and on-campus space for a mental health counselor.

The district had a very close four-way battle for three seats on the Board of Education. The incumbents all won with Vern Fonda at 185 votes, Harold Suhr at 178, Kristin Nicholson at 171, and James Houseman at 168. The positions are for three-year terms that start July 1.

Other propositions include:

  • Collecting $119,183 for the Yates Community Free Library – 199 yes votes, 104 no votes
  • Authorization to spend up to $145,000 for a 64-seat passenger bus – 248 yes votes, 57 no votes.