May 18, 2005

Dryden, Ithaca school budgets pass

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports that both the Dryden Central School District and Ithaca City School District budgets passed, Dryden's by a 916-678 vote and Ithaca's by a 2032-1481 vote. All of the propositions for both districts also passed.

In the school board elections, despite a confusing table on the front page that only shows two winners in Dryden, incumbents Chris Gibbons, Amanda Kittelberger, and Karin LaMotte won three-year terms, while newcomer Brad Rauch won a one-year term. Current board President Rachel Dickinson and newcomer Linnett Short were defeated. In Ithaca, Tom Frank, Craig Evans, and Seth Peacock all won three-year terms, defeating Allen Lambert, Beth Kunz, and Tom Clavel.

Boy Scout Troop 55 is building a canoe at the Ellis Hollow Community Center, using a single sheet of quarter-inch marine-grade plywood, epoxy, and lots of work.

Briefly in Dryden notes that Sapsucker Woods Road will be closed today. Registration for Dairy Day ends May 20th, and the Historical Society will be having a presentation on Dairy Day (and electing officers) on May 26th at 7pm in the Dryden Fire Hall (map). Dryden Senior Citizens will also be meeting at the Fire Hall, but on Monday, May 23rd from 11:30am onward. Local residents Chris Xavier and Scott Weatherby will be discussing their experience in the 2004 tsunami.

In county news, the legislature voted 10-3 to set a budget goal of 0% tax levy growth for 2005. County Legislator Michael Lane is quoted saying:

"This discussion needs to be about people... We have all heard from people in our district about taxes and assessments. It is because people are being roasted by municipal government. Do I, in my heart, believe we will end up at 0 percent? Probably not. But I believe we should start there."

Lane and fellow Dryden legislator Martha Robertson both voted for the 0% goal. George Totman was absent.

If you'd like to meet candidates for county legislature, Citizen Action will be holding the first of a series of meet the candidates forums tonight from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (map). Dryden County Legislator Martha Robertson is included in tonight's round of candidates, as is Gwen Wilkinson, who is running for District Attorney.

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