OLEAN – Voters approved the Olean City School District’s budget, elected three School Board members and approved a plan to sell two pieces of property not being used by the district in an election this week that saw turnout dip below that of recent years.
The $37 million 2013-14 budget, which will hike taxes by 2.8 percent, passed by a 445-216 margin Tuesday.
Voters also approved the sale of the vacant Boardmanville Elementary School to the Pancio family of Olean.
The lot consists of approximately 251 feet of frontage along Main Street and 400 feet along Hamilton Avenue, in the City of Olean, making up about 2.225 acres. The parcel is priced at $251,101.
A North Seventh Street strip of property bordering Mazza Mechanical Services will be sold to the business for a parking and access area.
That parcel is about 25 feet by 195 feet and is on the northwest border of the business’ property. The parcel will carry a price of $9,000 plus closing costs.
In the race for three board seats, James Padlo garnered the majority, with 423 votes.
By law, he will have to resign his current seat to take the seat vacated by Amy Giachetti. He will serve out the remainder of that term, Superintendent Colleen Taggerty said.
Michiko McElfresh received 412 votes to rejoin the board after an absence of several years. Paul Hessney won the final seat with 132 votes.
Turnout this year was lower than in two of the last three years, Taggerty said.
“We had a total of 695 voters, inclusive of absentee ballots,” said Taggerty. “Last year, 972. May 2011 was 510. May 2010, 730.”