Voters reject North Syracuse Central School District budget

Taxpayers in the North Syracuse Central School District were the only ones who defeated their school budget Tuesday night.

More than 3,600 votes were cast, and in the end, they rejected the district's proposed $144,716,279 school budget for 2013-2014. The final tally was 1,989 yes votes and 1,680 no votes. The district had proposed a tax levy increase of 5.33 percent.

Taxpayers did approve a bus proposition with 2,131 yes votes and 1,524 no votes.

They also selected three school board members including Catherine Cifaratta-Brayton, Mary Scanlon and Patrick Svoboda.

The district and Board of Education will now determine whether to resubmit a budget (the same or a revised version) for a revote on June 18, or to adopt a contingent budget.

"Without a doubt, this has been a challenging budget year for districts across the state," said Superintendent Dr. Kim Dyce Faucette. "North Syracuse felt the impact and was forced to make some very difficult decisions in its budget deliberations. We know that our voters had to do the same thing todayââ?¬¦this was not an easy decision for anyone. Of course we are disappointed that the proposed budget was rejected. But we will take this feedback, reconvene and move forward toward a successful budget that provides the best education possible for our students."

If the Board of Education opts for a revote on June 18 and that budget is defeated, the Board must adopt a budget with a tax levy no greater than what was levied the previous year, a $0 increase. This would mean the district would make an additional $4,047,682 in cuts including the elimination of athletic programs and extra-curricular activities; additional administrative cuts, including the assistant director of special education; a school resource officer proposed in the budget would not be added; a social worker proposed in the budget would not be added; and the elimination of additional teacher positions, which would result in larger class sizes at all grade levels.

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