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With one exception, residents in Jefferson and Lewis counties approved all 2013-14 school district budgets on Tuesday.

General Brown Central School District residents failed — by only 25 votes, 806-580 — to approve the board’s adopted $21,096,729 budget.

Sixty percent of voters, or 831 of the 1,386 who went to the polls Tuesday, were required to pass the budget since the tax levy increase was greater than the district’s 5.3 percent tax cap. The board-approved tax levy increase was 9.9 percent, from $6,384,854 in the 2012-13 budget to $7,016,995.

The proposition to purchase three new buses was approved 883-431. Sandra Young Klindt and Brien M. Spooner each were elected to three-year terms on the board, after receiving 943 and 869 votes, respectively. Jamie M. Lee won a one-year term, after receiving 746 votes.

Jefferson County

Alexandria Central School’s $11,635,213 budget passed 219-50. Running without opposition, Jane E. Aikins was re-elected to a three-year term. Suzanne P. Hunter and Christine Lingenfelter were elected to the other two seats as write-ins. Voters also approved the purchase of two 65-passenger buses 186-52.

Belleville Henderson Central School’s $9,090,184 budget passed 392-119. Roger E. Eastmann and Laurie M. Goodwin won seats on the Board of Education with 338 and 221 votes, respectively, beating Kristine M. Maloney with 214, incumbent Edward F. Martell Jr. with 134 and Jennifer L. Whitney with 74. Residents also approved increases in financial support to area libraries 383-128, and using the capital reserve funds to purchase a 16-passenger school bus up to $52,000 by a 420-91 vote, and a tractor up to $64,000 by a 355-152 vote.

Carthage Central School’s $55,050,712 budget was approved 350-285. Running without opposition, newcomers Tod W. Nash and Lyndsey M. Hodkinson were elected to the Board of Education. Incumbent Barbara A. Lofink was re-elected with 300 votes against candidate Abigail L. Hammond with 226 votes. Residents also approved the purchase of 13 buses 354-282, levy collection for Carthage Free Library and Sally Ploof Hunter Memorial Library 340-292 and at-large voting 373-253.

Indian River Central School’s $79,997,181 budget passed 248-49. Incumbent Thomas L. Lapp was re-elected with 285 votes to the Board of Education against candidate Tracy Tanner with 74 votes. Shelly C. Eggleston was elected to the board with 223 votes against incumbent John A. Voetsch with 96 and William J. Stowe with 34.

LaFargeville Central School’s $10.5 million budget passed 103-20. Running without opposition, Matthew Timerman was re-elected to the Board of Education. Voters also approved the purchase of a bus 104-19.

Lyme Central School’s $7,712,330 budget passed 208-55. Running for a seat with no candidates, Scott Rickett was elected to the Board of Education as a write-in with 33 votes. Voters also approved a seven-passenger van 195-68, and financial support for the Lyme Free Library 200-62.

Sackets Harbor Central School’s $7,994,595 budget passed 139-27. Running without opposition, Christine M. Allen was re-elected to the Board of Education. Voters also approved the purchase of a 66-passenger bus 133-33, and establishing a capital reserve 126-35.

South Jefferson Central School’s $29,212,139 budget passed 292-40. Running without opposition, Todd F. Dack was re-elected to the Board of Education. Voters also approved the purchase of four buses 273-57.

Thousand Islands Central School’s $20,495,294 budget passed 322-110. Running without opposition, James S. Ganter and John P. Warneck were re-elected to the Board of Education. Bruce F. Mason was elected to the board with 323 votes against incumbent Michael F. Bashaw Sr. Voters also approved the purchase of four buses 320-111, establishing a capital reserve 325-109 and $106,500 for the library levy 297-126.

Watertown City School’s $66.2 million budget passed 403-73. Beth A. Linderman was elected to the Board of Education with 297 votes, beating Jeremy M. Marshall with 153 and Bridgette R. Gates with 73. Residents also approved allowing the district the option to sell the 376 Butterfield Ave. property previously used as the district office.

Lewis County

Beaver River Central School’s $16.52 million budget passed 384-118, while voters approved the purchase of three buses 368-134 and an increase in funding for Croghan Free Library from $20,000 to $30,000 by a 286-211 vote. Brian LaChausse earned a five-year Board of Education seat with 370 votes, while Jacquelyn Prashaw received 69 and Deanna Hoch got 40.

Copenhagen Central School’s $10.23 million budget passed 74-6, while voters approved busing of children to Lowville Head Start 72-6, and the purchase of one 44-seat bus 66-13. Running unopposed, Troy W. Buckley was re-elected to a five-year term on the Board of Education.

Harrisville Central School’s $9.52 million budget passed 135-61, while voters approved the purchase of a bus 133-59, and an increase in funding for the Harrisville Public Library from $35,000 to $40,000 by a 71-45 vote. Board of Education members Denise Avallone and Cynthia Bancroft earned new five-year seats with 153 and 124 votes, respectively, while Susan Ward had 86 votes.

Lowville Academy and Central School’s $26.32 million budget passed 229-20, while voters approved the purchase of three buses 227-24, transportation of students to Lowville Head Start 218-31 and an increase of funding for the William H. Bush Memorial Library in Martinsburg from $10,000 to $20,000 by a 207-44 vote. Running unopposed, Patrick Anderson, Arlene S. Hall and Paul F. Kelly were re-elected to three-year terms on the Board of Education.

South Lewis Central School’s $24.56 million budget passed 192-53, while voters approved the purchase of three buses 183-63. Running unopposed, Thomas Burmingham was elected to a five-year seat on the Board of Education.

Times staff writer Rebecca Madden contributed to this report.

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