MENANDS: By a nearly four-to-one margin, 110-30, voters approved the 2017-18, $8.5 million budget on Tuesday, May 16.
The spending plan, which will raise the tax levy by 1.81 percent and increase spending by about $211,000, will cost the owner of a home assessed at $100,000 an estimated additional $47.47 a year.
The majority of the spending increase, $161,954, is for teaching and instruction, computer services, guidance/health services, co-curricular/athletics, special education and transportation. The budget also takes $815,000 out of the fund balance, which is $35,000 more than this year.
Also, voters elected John Diefenderfer to another term on the Board of Education. He was appointed to fill a vacancy in 2015 and ran unopposed.
And, by a vote of 118 to 20, voters approved the $138,500 library budget for 2017-18.