Updated 06/19/2012 06:27 PM
Hornell re-votes on budget proposition
Sports and extra-curriculars are on the line for students in the Hornell City School District. Neighbors came out Tuesday to re-vote on Proposition 2, which failed in May. The proposition includes athletics and clubs and will require a supermajority to pass. Our Lara Greenberg explains why voters on split on the issue.
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HORNELL, N.Y. -- The lines were long. And the voting booths full. Hornell neighbors packed the high school Tuesday to vote on a budget proposition that includes sports and clubs.
"I mean, without sports, we have nothing. And I think sports teaches children the basic things in life," said Anne Watt of Hornell.
And while many are associating this proposition specifically with sports, it also includes extra-curriculars like band, chorus, National Honors Society and foreign language clubs.
The district's base budget passed in May, but this proposition failed. Because it exceeds the tax cap by 5.08 percent, it needs a supermajority of 60 percent plus one to pass. In May, only 55 percent voted in favor of it.
"With a graduation rate below 80 percent, I feel that more emphasis should be put on academics. Students coming out today are not going to make their living by playing sports," said Phillip Prunoske of Hornell.
"When I went to school, we had to work when we got out of school. Now all they do is play and they keep costing money every year," said Jack Loper of Hornell.
Superintendent Doug Wyant says the proposition costs 86 cents per thousand for taxpayers, roughly $4 or $5 extra per month. And for some, sports and clubs are worth every cent.
"We have to keep this going in this town. Otherwise people come to the town looking for a school and they don't have these activities, they're not going to stay here," said John Watt of Hornell.
If the proposition fails, there's no alternative and these programs will be cut.
Polls are open until 9 p.m.