Mt. Vernon largest district to defeat budget
Voters throughout New York defied Gov. Paterson's predictions this week as they voted to approve 92% of the state's school budgets.
In Westchester, only four districts had their budgets defeated. In the Katonah-Lewisboro district, voters decided against a $111 million budget by nearly 200 votes.
Voters in Ossining decided against a budget that included tax hikes of nearly 3.8 percent.
The Pocantico Hills budget, one of the only budgets in the Hudson Valley that included a tax cut, was also defeated.
Parents and students in Mount Vernon are concerned that their already troubled school district will suffer even more after their school budget plan was defeated.
The $3 million budget would have forced an 8.6 percent property tax increase and included 100 staff layoffs while preserving pre-K classes, maintaining class sizes and most of the sports programs.
School officials said that voting against the plan would only save $25 to $34 per household.
Voters also rejected a plan to keep transportation for students who live more than a mile and a half from school.
District officials had said they would not request a revote in the event that the budget was defeated. A state-mandated austerity will take effect if that remains the case.
Westchester School Vote 2010 Results
4 WC school budgets defeated