F-M voters approve $98.9 million budget; elect three board members

On May 17, Fayetteville-Manlius School District voters approved the district’sThis is an image of a young child holding a chalkboard $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.

District-related propositions

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.

Library propositions

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.