NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - North Salem District voters passed the 2018-19 budget and capital reserve fund spending on Tuesday, May 15, allowing the district to move forward with a project to reconstruct the water supply system at the middle school / high school.

The budget passed with 201 to 74 votes and Proposition 2 (allowing for spending from the capital reserve fund) passed with 219 to 45 votes.  

Incumbent Trustees Paul Giamundo and Andrew Pelosi ran unopposed for two open seats on the Board of Education, garnering 214 and 226 votes, respectively.

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Giamundo has served as a Board of Education Trustee for 13 years while Pelosi is finishing up his first three-year term on the board.

All results are unofficial until certified.

The 42.9 million spending package reflects an increase of 889,366 or 2.12 percent over last year's 42 million budget.

The tax rates are different for each Southeast, North Salem, Somers and Carmel so tax rates are not known at this time.

Staff salaries and benefits account for about 75 of the district's budget.

The goals of the spending package are to sustain safety and security, small class sizes, world language and mental health programs in the district.

The passage of Proposition 2 allows the district up to $900,000 to reconstruct elements of the middle school / high school water supply, treatment and distribution system.