Greenburgh Board of Education president Lloyd Newland said trustees will meet on Thursday to decide how to proceed after voters tonight rejected the district’s $57.4 million budget by a vote of 403 to 398, according to preliminary results.
Newland, who received the third-highest vote total among the five candidates on the ballot and won a reduced two-year term, said the district has three options: seek a revote on the same budget, reduce the budget or adopt a contingency budget, which would limit spending increases in certain areas.
Newland said the rainy weather played a part in low turnout but acknowledged that many voters were weary of rising taxes and wanted more cuts even if it means layoffs.
“The turnout was small,” he said tonight from his home. “But it’s bad economic times. Nobody wants to see any kind of increase in taxes if we can help it.”
Greenburgh sought to increase spending by 1.8 percent. The projected tax rate would have been $435.77 per $1,000 of assessed value, a 5.8 percent increase, while the estimated tax levy —the total amount of property taxes collected — would have risen by 3.9 percent to $51.3 million.
At the polls yesterday, several residents said they want the district to cut more from the budget.
“These taxes are too high,” said Elizabeth Pulliam, who has lived in Greenburgh for about 80 years and voted “no” on the budget. “We have the highest taxes in the country.”
Newland said the board would meet at about 6:30 p.m. at district headquarters, 475 W. Hartsdale Ave.