Hudson Valley votes on school budgets

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Residents across the Hudson Valley headed to the polls Tuesday to vote on school district budgets.

In New Rochelle, the budget needed at least 60 percent of voters to approve the spending plan in order to pass. That is because the tax increases school officials are proposing are higher than the tax cap.

Under the law, school districts cannot raise tax levies more than two percent unless they achieve a super majority approval from voters.

A big part of the additional funding had to do with the troubles New Rochelle had back in January when there were several violent incidents among students over a week long period. During that time, a 16-year-old student was stabbed to death, another student was wounded in a separate classroom stabbing, and several students were arrested. 

One voter told News 12 she is for the increase. "When you make the case that the money is being used wisely, it's being used for the benefit of the community, then I think people will make the right choice," said Juanita Newton, of New Rochelle.

The Mamaroneck school district also asked voters to override the tax cap. School officials there said growing enrollment is the reason for the proposal.

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