By JIMMY LAWTON
OGDENSBURG -- Ogdensburg School District voters approved a school budget that raises the tax levy by 1.2 percent and a proposition that allows the public library to raise $50,000 in taxes.
The budget represents an increase of $2.7 million or 6.31 percent over the 2016-17 budget. Rising health insurance costs account for over $1.8 million of the increase while additional special education expenditures amount to an increase of $600,000.
The school budget was approved in a 247 to 137 Monday.
Voters approved a $50,000 library district tax in 230 to 152 vote and a Lafayette Street land sale in 230 to 152 vote.
District voters approve the proposed referendum, which amounts to about $16 for every $100,000 of assessed property value in Lisbon and less than $14 per $100,000 of assessed property value in Ogdensburg and Oswegatchie.
The library elected to seek funding through the school district after being hit with nearly $40,000 in budget cuts.
Incumbent Board of Education members Craig Lalonde and Vicky Peo retained their seats on the board for another five-year term as no other candidates were ballot. Peo received 321 votes, while Lalonde received 310 votes.