Along with voting on the 2020-2021 budget, voters will also see a bus proposition and Board of Education candidates on the mail-in ballot. Ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on June 9. A lockbox will be available at the Mohonasen High School lobby to drop off ballots from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
In absentee ballots to be returned by 5 p.m. on June 9, Mohonasen residents will be asked to vote on a proposition to purchase three full-size, 70-passenger buses and two 8-passenger Suburbans at a total cost of $480,000.
Of this amount, 73.4 percent ($352,320) would be reimbursed through state aid, leaving the district responsible to pay $127,680, or $25,536 per year for five years.
The purchase of these vehicles would have no impact on next year’s budget, and since the district is always retiring debt, the new purchases would result in a minimal increase in overall debt levels.
Mohonasen follows a regular bus replacement schedule based on mileage, age of vehicles, repair history and condition.
Board of education candidates
Two of the seven seats on Mohonasen’s Board of Education are up for election on June 9. In an executive order issued on Friday, May 1, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo waived the minimum signature threshold for Board of Education candidates and stated candidates must meet all of the other requirements to run for the board.
These include being qualified voters and having lived in the district continuously for one year prior to the election.
There are two candidates: incumbents Lisa Gaglioti and Stacy MacTurk. Candidate biographies are online.