Weekly Feature

2017-05-18 / Front Page

School budgets, propositions OK’d in East Aurora, Iroquois districts

by KATE PELCZYNSKI
Editor

Voters in the East Aurora and Iroquois school districts elected Board of Education members and approved budgets on Tuesday, with those in East Aurora choosing to override New York’s property tax cap.

The East Aurora budget totals $33.2 million, a 4.93 percent spending increase. Because the 6.9 percent tax levy increase was above the state-mandated cap, the proposition required 60 percent voter approval. It received 61 percent, with a vote of 1,462 to 910.

In a four-candidate race for three seats on the School Board, incumbent Jessica Armbrust, with 1,627 votes; newcomer John Sigeti, with 1,584 votes; and incumbent Daniel Brunson, with 1,259 votes, edged out longtime incumbent Stephen Zagrobelny, who received 1,206 votes, to win three-year terms. Zagrobelny was seeking his sixth term on the board.

In Iroquois, the budget and two additional propositions passed. The $49.02 million budget, a spending increase of 2.8 percent, was approved 870-304; Proposition 2, allowing for the purchase of four 63-passenger buses, two 30-passenger buses and a van, passed 884-282; and proposition 3, allowing the district to take $100,000 from the Capital Reserve Fund and put it toward purchasing computer hardware, software and computer connectivity equipment, passed 922-246.

Incumbent Michele Hovey, who ran unopposed, was re-elected to a five-year term on the board.

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