Hornell voters approve $41 million budget; elect two board members

On May 16, Hornell City School District voters approved the district’s $41 million 2023-24 budget proposal, elected two board of education members, approved the use of Transportation Reserve Expenditure funds, and the leasing of two 66-passenger school buses and one 28-passenger school bus.  

District-related Propositions

  • A $41,093,309 budget for the 2023-24 school year that increases spending 2.63% ($1,054,1228) and carries a tax levy increase of 1.24%: 218 yes; 123
  • The use of Transportation Reserve Expenditure ($75,000) for new vehicles to be obtained prior to June 30, 2025: 272  yes; 68 no
  • Leasing two 66-passenger school buses and one 28-passenger school bus for five years: 247 yes; 92 no

Board of Education Election

Two candidates sought election to two open board of education seats. Candidates and the number of votes they received are:

  • Christopher Clark
  • Brian May

The district also received 4 write-in votes for candidates, but there were not enough for any one candidate to change the outcome of the election results. 

Christopher Clark’s second term will begin July 1, 2023, and will expire June 30, 2028

Brian May will serve a two-year term to complete the term of a trustee who resigned. The term will begin immediately following the vote and will expire June 30, 2025.

Library Proposition

  • Supporting the Hornell Public Library, $361,476: 230 yes; 107 no

New York state education law allows libraries to place a funding proposition on school district ballots and requires school districts, at the libraries’ requests, to levy and collect taxes for libraries. The Hornell Public Library is a separate legal entity from the school district, with its own funding and budget.