Voters are heading to the polls today to decide the fate of proposed school budgets. A number of propositions and board seats will be up for a vote today as well. Our Brad Vivacqua reports.
ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- School districts across the state are doing what they can to keep important programs, but at the same time, they've had to work with the two percent tax cap implemented by Governor Cuomo. Still, with some complex school formulas, there will be some districts that propose budgets that include tax increases of more than two percent.
In the Baldwinsville School District, the proposed $92 million budget is down from the current year by .2 percent. It includes a tax increase of less than one percent. Superintendent Jeanne Dangle said the district eliminated about 20 teaching positions and is implementing a new building usage policy. That includes no building access to the buildings on holidays or weekend evenings to save on custodial and electric costs.
"If people want to use our facilities, they will have to look at paying for the cost of keeping the buildings open. That said, there will be some exceptions when we know we have some school related activities that we can't avoid. And, we will continue to support those, in our budget," said Dangle.
While some may consider Baldwinsville's proposed tax levy as moderate, other Central New York districts are facing a different set of numbers. In North Syracuse, voters will decide the fate of a $138 million budget with a tax increase of about 4.2 percent. Voters in Liverpool will be voting on a budget of about $129 million with a tax increase of about 2.8 percent. In the West Genesee district, voters will head to the polls to decide on a $70 million budget with a proposed increase of 2.9 percent. In the Fayetteville-Manlius school district, a proposed budget of $74 million is on the table that includes a 1.9 percent tax increase.
Polls in most locations are open and will close at 9 p.m. Some schools will open their polls at noon, so you should check with your local school district before you head out to vote.
Stay with YNN for complete school budget voting updates once the polls close.