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Bus lease proposition set for the May 15 ballot

| April 24, 2018

A separate proposition will appear on the May 15 ballot asking residents to consider a five-year lease of two 63-passenger buses.

The total cost of the bus lease would be $178,000 over a five-year period, which would be spread out among annual budgets. The board of education each year reviews the value of bus leasing versus bus purchasing.

The board adopted a bus lease strategy three years ago after struggling for years to maintain an aging fleet of buses that sometimes failed inspection due to salt-induced corrosion.

Leasing provides the district with reliable, late-model buses at a greatly reduced maintenance cost and a much higher inspection pass rate with the state Department of Transportation. For Cooperstown, 35 percent of the overall cost of a bus lease or purchase is paid for through state aid.

The district’s bus fleet and drivers meet or exceed all safety benchmarks consistently, every year.

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