• General Brown voters approve $24.3 million budget; elect two board members

    General Brown Central School District voters approved the district’s $24.3 million 2020-21 budget proposal, elected two board of education members and approved the purchase of four new buses.

    District-related Propositions

    • A $24,334,794 budget for the 2020-21 school year that decreases spending 3.29% ($828,583) and carries a 5.40% tax levy increase: 1,237 yes; 633 no
    • Purchasing four new school buses at a total cost not to exceed $375,000: 1,310 yes; 483 no

    Board of Education Election

    Four candidates sought election to two open board of education seats. They are:

    • Natalie Hurley: 949 votes;
    • Scott Lytle: 1,000 votes;
    • Albert Romano, Jr.: 782 votes; and
    • Kimberly Shuler: 778 votes.

    The terms are three years, beginning July 1, and will be filled by the candidates with the two highest vote totals: Natalie Hurley and Scott Lytle.

    School budget is at its tax cap

    The 2020-21 budget's tax levy increase of 5.40% is at the district’s calculated tax levy limit, per the state’s property tax levy cap law. The limit does not cap how much a district can raise through property taxes. Instead, it determines at what level a school district must have a supermajority (60 percent) rather than a simple majority (50% plus one) approve the budget proposal.

    Because General Brown proposed a budget with a tax levy increase at than its allowable limit, the budget required a simple majority vote for authorization.

    More information about the budget is available on the district website’s Business page