Voters in Mount Vernon, Haldane and Bedford are heading to the polls today to decide on revised school budgets. The original proposals were rejected by voters last month and board members in the districts decided to make changes and put them to another vote. If defeated again, the districts by law must adopt contingency budgets that would limit spending increases.
A look at what’s on the ballot:
Bedford: Under a revised $116.7 million budget proposal, cut by about $558,000 from the original plan, spending would be 5.23 percent over this year’s budget, with tax-rate increases ranging from 5.96 percent in Pound Ridge to 15.95 percent in North Castle.
Haldane: Voters will decide the fate of a $19.9 million spending plan, $70,000 less than the previous one, with a tax-rate increase of less than 3 percent. Two propositions that failed, one authorizing vehicle purchases and another creating a capital reserve fund, will go to voters unchanged.
Mount Vernon: A $189.2 million budget proposal is $2.2 million less than the one defeated. The defeated budget carried a 9.7 tax-rate increase; the revised proposal would trigger a 7.25 percent hike.
If you live in those districts, come back to let us know how you voted and why.