School Boards Open the Floor for Budget Comments

By Brennan Smith
By Matt Hicks

May 1, 2012 Updated May 2, 2012 at 3:29 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The month of May was kicked off with school budget hearings.

Aside from this moment of praise for the Binghamton City School District, there was little else said as a number of school district budgets went before the public.

School Board members in Binghamton presented a $98.3 million budget.

That's 1.67% larger than last year's budget and it increases the tax levy by 2.5%.

This comes in under its allowable increase of 3.24% under the state tax cap.

In Vestal, six neighbors showed up for a budget hearing, but no one spoke.

The school says its been taking feedback from the public on this issue since September.

It proposes a budget that will also raise its tax levy by 2.5%.

This is less than its maximum allowable cap.

The budget comes in at $72.3 million.

The crowd was also silent in Johnson City where $46.2 million budget will be up for a vote.

This is supported by a 2.5% increase.

The increase is below the 8.76% limit requiring a simple majority vote.

School budgets will go up for a vote on Tuesday, May 15.

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