Voters rejected the Greenburgh school district’s $57.4 million budget proposal, forcing the district to make deeper cuts in spending for next year.
By an unofficial tally of 578 to 435, residents tonight defeated the Board of Education’s 2011-12 spending plan for the second time. The measure was also defeated by five votes last month (403 to 398), but trustees opted to place the same plan on the ballot for a second vote. One thousand thirteen residents voted tonight compared to 801 in May.
Some residents said they voted “no” to send a message to trustees, whom they felt ignored public opinion by not cutting the budget after last month’s defeat.
“The taxes are just too high,” said George Peterson, 63, a 28-year-district resident who voted “no.” “I think they could have cut more.”
By law Greenburgh must now adopt a contingency budget which limits spending in certain areas. The district said that budget would be $57.3 million, $102,000 less than the board’s proposal.
The contingency plan would have the same tax rate increase, 5.8 percent to $435.77 per $1,000 of assessed value. But the spending reduction would force the suspension of after-school and non-curricular bus transporation, officials said. Outside groups would have to begin paying fees to use district facilities and the installation of a new telephone system would be cancelled and capital improvements to the Woodlands High School library would be suspended, officials said.