On May 17, Fayetteville-Manlius School District voters approved the district’s $98.9 million 2022-23 budget proposal, elected three board of education members and approved the purchase of six new buses.
The budget proposition passed by 67% with 2,243 yes votes and 1,112 no votes.
The following results do not include 164 absentee ballots; however, they will not change the outcome of the budget vote, propositions or board election.
More information about the budget is available at www.fmschools.org/budget-finance.
An $98,930,930 budget for the 2022-23 school year that increases spending 5.9% ($5,513,293) and carries a 1.8% tax levy increase and an estimated tax rate decrease (Town of Manlius) of 11.25%: 2,243 yes; 1,112 no
Purchasing six new school buses at a total cost not to exceed $886,070: 2,164 yes; 1,178 no
Maintaining the student board member position: 2,824 yes; 533 no
Board of education election
Seven candidates sought election to three open board of education seats.
Sarah Fitzgerald: 2,252 votes
Daryll Fitch Wheeler: 2,135 votes
Cynthia Hefti: 2,088 votes
Elena A. Romano: 992 votes
Joseph Dunaway: 894 votes
Forrest D. Heaney: 815 votes
Christopher P. McKee: 549 votes
The terms are three years and begin July 1.
Supporting the Fayetteville Free Library, $1,959,331: 2,183 yes; 1,155 no
Supporting the Manlius Library, $1,399,741: 2,381 yes; 963 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.