Voters approved three bus referendums on Tuesday which allow the Fort Plain Central School District to create a reserve called the bus and transportation reserve fund that would be used to buy buses, vehicles and other transportation equipment.
Voters approved the transfer of $409,631 in capital reserve fund to the bus and transportation fund; and to spend no more than $245,000 in surplus fund balance to buy two full-sized buses.
“We’re very happy the community came out and supported the district,” said Superintendent Douglas Burton. “We’ve now created a way to stave off future tax increases for bus purchases.”
The first proposition, which asked voters to authorize the creation of a bus and transportation fund, was approved 115 to 46. Voters approved the fund transfer 116 to 48, and approved the purchase of two buses by a vote of 114 to 49.
None of the approved plans required an increase in taxes, but district leaders needed voter approval in order to create or change reserve funds or to purchase the buses.
The newly-created bus and transportation reserve fund (not to exceed $2.3 million) can only be used for the purchase of school buses, vehicles and transportation-related equipment.
The balance of funding for the bus and transportation reserve fund will come from the transfer of the remaining $409,631 in a capital reserve fund.
The district — which currently manages transportation services for the newly-merged St. Johnsville Central School District— routinely replaces buses after a certain age to ensure student safety and to reduce the cost of repairs.
Under the approved plan, the district will move from a five-year to a 10-year replacement schedule.