How To Vote For Eastchester School Budget And Election

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The Eastchester School District has proposed a $75.7 million budget. Photo Credit: File

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Residents will have the opportunity to vote at the Eastchester School District’s budget and Board of Education election next month.

The district – which currently operates on a $73,284,473 budget – has proposed a 2013-2014 budget of $75,726,680, good for a $2,442,207 increase. This would lead to a tax levy increase of 3.7 percent.

The budget reflects the reduction of three elementary school sections and the addition of one teacher, which will be charged to a grant. Several academic programs will be restructured using grants and shared efficiencies under the proposal.

There will be reductions in tuition costs for special education and out of district placements, as well as professional development costs. Two afternoon bus routes at the middle and high school will be eliminated to cut costs and there will be continued savings due to ongoing projects to make buildings more energy efficient.

Residents can cast their vote from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on May 21 at the Eastchester High School Gym or the Garth Road Community Center. Every registered voter that is at least 18 years old is eligible to vote.

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Townie11:

The governor imposed the tax cap on Eastchester. The town is complying with the law, and making cuts to do so. But some people won't be happy unless the schools are destroyed. Families move to Eastchester because it is a nice town and it is a good place to educate your children. Support the budget. The schools are good for children and the community.

EastchesterGuy:

What a surprise... another School Tax increase.... up almost 4%...
and another 2.4 million... When is enough enough....???
Wake up folks... vote this budget DOWN and then vote the revised
budget down... Send a message that the School Board finally understands...

wjamny:

AMEN! Vote it down! For those that think this is only a 3.7% increase don't forget that the construction bond will be kicking in soon and we'll all be paying for that as well. The board needs to do more to get costs under control before they tax people out of their homes - the battle cry used to be if we approve the budget it will affect home values, but it now needs to change. Explain to me how you will eventually be able to sell your home when the taxes are as much or more than the mortgage payment?

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