Johnson City and Maine-Endwell School Budgets Fail

By Lindsey Nesselbush

July 22, 2010 Updated May 17, 2006 at 1:31 AM EDT

Tuesday was school budget voting day. Taxpayers headed to the polls to vote yes or no on their district's proposed budget.

Two of those school districts failed to pass a budget In the Broome-Tioga BOCES district, starting in Johnson City, where taxpayers voted down the proposed budget by 92 votes.

It was a $38.6 million spending plan with a tax levy increase of 3.9 percent.

Also voted down was a proposition to buy four new school busses.

Action News spoke with Superintendent Larry Rowe Tuesday night, who says he's disappointed with the results, and voter turnout.

"We have over 18,000 registered voters in this district and we got 1,100 people to come out and basically 595 people made a decision on this budget," says Rowe.

District leaders will meet to decide on a second budget, or to go straight to a contingency plan.

Also defeated Tuesday night was the Maine Endwell school budget of $38.7 million. It was voted down by just over 140 votes. It would have included a tax levy increase of 4.5 percent.

A proposition for a capital reserve withdrawal also failed.

But, voters did say yes to three new school busses.

School board members will meet to decide what steps to take next.

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