F-M voters approve $93.4 million budget; elect three board members

On May 18, Fayetteville-Manlius School District voters approved the district’s $93.4 million 2021-22 budget proposal, elected three board of education members and approved the purchase of five new buses. This is an image of a young child holding a chalkboard

The budget proposition with 867 yes votes and 379 no votes.

The following results do not include 82 absentee ballots; however, they will not change the outcome of the budget vote, propositions or board election.

More information about the budget is available here.

District-related propositions

  • An $93,417,637 budget for the 2021-22 school year that increases spending 5.8% ($5,119,339) and carries a 1.1% tax levy increase and an estimated tax rate increase of 0%: 867 yes; 379 no
  • Purchasing five new school buses at a total cost not to exceed $713,660:  870 yes; 368 no

Board of education election

Three candidates sought election to three open board of education seats. They are:

Daniel Seidberg: 941 votes;

Sharon Lindars: 899 votes; and

Marissa Joy Mims: 902 votes.

There were 63 write-in candidates; however, this does not impact the election.

The terms are three years and begin July 1.

Library propositions

Supporting the Manlius Library, $1,379,055: 921 yes; 315 no

Supporting the Fayetteville Free Library, $1,922,798:  853 yes; 384 no

New York state education law allows libraries to place a funding proposition on school district ballots and requires school districts, at the libraries’ requests, to levy and collect taxes for libraries.

The libraries are separate legal entities from the school district, with their own funding and budget. The amount of the tax levy collected by a school district for a library remains the same each year until the library requests a proposition to change that amount.