North Colonie voters approve 2019-2020 budget
On Tuesday, May 21, North Colonie residents approved the district’s $116.3 million budget for 2019-20 by a tally of 1,026 yes votes to 392 no votes. The budget passed with 72% of the vote.
Results were announced at the Goodrich Building on Fiddlers Lane in Latham shortly after polls closed at 9:00 p.m.
The $116.3 million budget has a tax levy increase of 3.29%, with an estimated tax rate increase of 1.90%. The district will set its final tax rate for the 2019-20 school year in August, based on final assessment figures provided by the Town of Colonie.
There were no other propositions on the ballot.
In the Board of Education elections, incumbent Pennie Grinnell was re-elected; she ran unopposed. Matt Cannon was elected to fill the seat of Avideh Sadaghiani; he ran unopposed.
Pennie Grinnell – 1,072 votes
Matt Cannon – 1,105 votes
This year’s budget was focused on maintaining programming for students while addressing growing enrollment district-wide. Since the 2014-15 school year, the district has added more than 400 students and elementary enrollment continues to surge. The budget authorized the addition of seven teaching positions to help handle the district’s growing enrollment.
“We thank our community and taxpayers for continuing to support the North Colonie Central School District by approving the 2019-20 budget,” said Superintendent Joseph Corr. “This budget will allow us continue to provide all our students with an excellent education while managing class sizes as we continue with our district reorganization.”
April 18: North Colonie Board of Education adopts proposed 2019-20 school budget
May 15: Residents to vote on school budget and Board of Education candidates May 21