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A split vote on the town board left hanging a bid offer for fixing a set of buildings long in need of repair. Now, the board will seek the services of an engineering firm in order to assess the cost of replacement.

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VOORHEESVILLE — Shortly after 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, a small crowd heard the news that every proposition up for vote had passed.

The group, mostly made up of school board members, clapped and nodded as each proposal was read along with the voting numbers.

Voters gave another three years to Vasilios Lefkaditis — who has driven much of the board's discussions about the role of a school board — and ousted a member that voted in the majority for split votes.

For the first time in eight years, there is a race for trustee as the public library, in the wake of a resounding defeat to expand, plans to map its future.

VOORHEESVILLE — The 2014-15 Voorheesville School District budget was approved by the board of education at a meeting on Monday, April 21. The entire board voted in favor of the budget, which is set at $22,713,608.

For two hours, school board members wrestled with ways to heed calls to restore cut staff for valued programs but ultimately followed the counsel of administrators not to further tap reserve funds.

The roughly $2 million budget proposed for next year is down slightly from this year, with a $20,000 in savings on court salaries since the village court has been consolidated with the town's.

Village taxes won't increase next year due to changes in health-insurance premiums and employee turnover.

The Voorheesville Central School District proposed almost $420,000 in cuts for its $22.5M budget.

A survey on the 2014-15 budget should be submitted by March 5 for the budget advisory committee to review. It will remain open online until March 10, when school board members meet next to discuss the budget.

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