There is good news for students in 29 school districts, where voters approved budgets in revotes last night. Voters in three of those districts, Newcomb in the north country, and Manhasset and North Babylon on Long Island, even agreed to override the property tax cap.
For the remaining districts, only a 50 percent “yes” vote was needed and most passed. Besides those links above, please note that all six Long Island budgets passed. Others include:
- In Mount Vernon, while it appeared by this report the budget was likely to fail, a count of absentee ballots found enough support to pass. Congrats.
- Budgets in Niskayuna and Middleburgh in the Capital Region passed.
- The Cairo-Durham budget passed.
- Tupper Lake in the North Country passed.
- The Valley Central and Cornwall budgets passed. General Brown and North Syracuse budgets passed.
- The Elmira Heights budget and the South Seneca budget in the Southern Tier passed.
- The Moravia budget in the region of the state between Central and Wester New York, passed.
- Five of six western New York budgets passed. Here’s a different link to that coverage.
- Four of five districts in the lower Hudson Valley passed.
To see what was at stake, all you have to do is take a look at what happened in the three districts where budgets appear to have failed for a second time.
Wilson schools, in Western New York, will now charge outside groups to use facilities, and equipment purchases will be restricted. Here’s a link to the district information, which doesn’t detail impact on students.
In Remsen, near Utica, the board will cut about $108,000 to go to a contingent budget, according to this article from the Observer-Dispatch.
Those two districts will join Marlboro schools in the mid-Hudson Valley that will be operating on a contingent budget.