Changes to voting on your school district’s budget

first_img“Of course without the funding by the voters, then it has an impact on student programs,” said Andrews. That’s along with a cut in state aid schools are already facing because of the pandemic. Districts like Maine-Endwell and Windsor say it’s led to a higher voter turnout than usual. “What we’re seeing is a significant increase, in our case, already just about double the typical number of voters,” said Windsor Central School District Superintendent Jason Andrews. But the absentee ballot change makes it unclear as to what happens if a budget doesn’t pass. All of that combined makes a budget failing even more concerning to districts this year. But districts are staying positive, hoping voters will still cast their ballots while making an informed decision. Governor Cuomo says school budget absentee ballots can be accepted by hand delivery through 5 p.m. on June 9 and received by mail through June 16 by the school district. Without a revote, districts would have to move straight into a contingency budget. “A contingency budget for Maine-Endwell would require an additional reduction of $474,000,” said Van Fossen. “When you make tough decisions, students are going to be impacted one way or the other.” “State funding was reduced. There was reduced, there’s a possibility, a likelihood, of additional reductions in state funding moving forward,” said Andrews. “It does not appear to be, the governor’s executive order does not speak to a revote. Typically you would have the option for a revote,” said Andrews. “We’re very concerned that a no vote is going to be devastating to Maine-Endwell,” said Van Fossen. (WBNG) — School budget voting looks different this year. Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order for all districts in New York to conduct school budget voting through absentee ballots to avoid person-to-person contact. “We’re optimistic that our community will continue to support the school budget, especially because it is the lowest tax levy increase in over a decade,” said Andrews. “For us, on average, around 800 to 1,000 typically come out to vote. This year, with absentee ballots, we’ve already received over 2,500,” said Maine-Endwell School District Superintendent Jason Van Fossen.last_img

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