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Proposed Canandaigua school budget increases spending by 4.9%

Canandaigua voters will go to the polls next Tuesday to decide on a proposed $83.2 million school budget.

Employee health care costs are blamed for much of the increase

The Finger Lakes Times reports the budget spends 4.9% more than this year’s spending plan. The owner of a $100,000 home with a basic STAR exemption would see a tax increase of $58. In the school district’s May newsletter, School Board President Jeanne Grimm says most of the spending increase is due to higher health care costs for employees. Those costs are expected to increase by 1.97%, to $1.97 million.

Also on the ballot will be a question concerning the purchase of eight school buses at a cost of $1.06 million. About half the cost would be covered by a vehicle reserve fund, with the rest coming from the district’s fund balance.

Voters will be asked to decide on an $844,250 budget for Wood Library for the coming year. Incumbent Jennifer Schneider and newcomer Jennifer Tessendorf are running for five year terms on the school board.

Residents living in the city of Canandaigua, town of Canandaigua election districts 1-3, and the towns of East Bloomfield, Farmington, Gorham and Hopewell will vote at the Primary-Elementary School gym. Residents in the town of Canandaigua election districts 4-7 and the towns of Bristol and South Bristol will cast their ballots at the Cheshire Fire Hall.