Questions few as School Budget Vote Day nears

By Erika Mahoney

May 9, 2013 Updated May 9, 2013 at 11:52 PM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) After months of drafting and discussing, it's almost time to head to the polls to vote on school budgets.

The Maine-Endwell School District Board of Education let the public voice their final concerns Thursday night.

At times during the past few months, the high school auditorium was packed with people and questions. On Thursday, the turn out was small and not a single question was raised.

The district superintendent said he's taking it as a good sign.

"I'm taking that as a positive, that people have been informed, that they are aware of the situation," Superintendent Jason Van Fossen said. "And hopefully they're going to support our budget.

With less than two weeks before the vote, he says this budget season has been a long one.

"I'm thrilled we've been able to reach our goals, which was to balance our budget. But obviously, it came at a huge cost. There are 75 positions we're either not filling or laying off. And there will be impacts to students next year."

The board is proposing a 5.9 percent tax levy, which if approved, would add a $130 tax increase on every $100,000 of property value for district residents.

Voting takes place from noon to 9 p.m., May 21, at Maine Memorial Elementary School and at the District Office staff development room on the high school campus.