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May 25, 2017
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Stillwater News

Voters approve 2017-18 school budget

May 16, 2017- On Tuesday, May 16, Stillwater residents approved the district's 2017-18 proposed budget with 338 voting in favor and 113 voting against it.

The $24,529,950 budget carries a 2.25 percent spending increase over the current year and a 5.25 percent increase in the tax levy. Final tax rates are estimated to increase by 2 percent or less and will be set in August.

“I’d like to extend my thanks to the entire community for coming out to vote,” said Superintendent Patricia Morris. “This outcome shows that we are all dedicated to providing a quality education and opportunities for our students.”

ADDITIONAL PROPOSITIONS

By a margin of 337 to 109, voters passed a proposition to establish a capital reserve fund of $100,000 to make repairs to the HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems at the elementary school, middle school and transportation building. By a margin of 344 to 100, voters also passed an additional proposition to expend the monies in the capital reserve fund of $100,000 to make HVAC, electrical and plumbing repairs to the three buildings.

BOARD ELECTION

Residents also elected incumbent Brian McNeil to the Stillwater Board of Education, who was the only name on the ballot. Two additional seats were offered to the write-in candidates with the most votes.

The results are as follows: Brian McNeil (356 votes), William Callanan (191 votes), David Giso (169 votes), Jennifer Cowin (20 votes), and Ronald Hanssen (16 votes.)

McNeil, Callanan and Giso have accepted their positions and will each serve a three-year term, beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2020.

VETERANS TAX EXEMPTION

The non-binding vote for the Alternative Veterans Exemption was approved with 340 voting in favor and 107 voting against it. The Board will now review the results of this proposition to help guide their decision to offer this exemption, and at what level. If the Board decides to go forward with offering this exemption, it would not be put into place until the 2018-19 school year.

Stillwater Free Library Board Seats:
  • Linda Tracy- 244 votes
  • Meghan Stevens- 212 votes
  • Mary Herlt- 193 votes
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