Updated: 06/16/2014 5:38 PM
Created: 06/16/2014 3:39 PM WHEC.com
By: Jennifer Mobilia
On Tuesday, voters in West Irondequoit will head to the polls for the second and final opportunity to vote on the proposed school budget. A few weeks ago, the majority of voters, 56-percent, approved the budget but it wasn’t the 60-percent super majority they needed.
Residents in West Irondequoit will once again be asked to vote on the school district’s proposed $67.9-million budget. It’s a budget that breaks the state’s two-percent tax cap.
"It certainly is an investment in our kids, it's what we were able to get in public education, it's what our grandchildren should get." Superintendent Jeff Crane says his district remains under the average for expenditures in the state but says decreased state funding is making it difficult to stay afloat and tapping into the $4-million reserve is not an option. “I will not put the fiscal integrity of the District in jeopardy. There are districts in New York right now who are now what they're calling financially insolvent because they used their reserves instead of saving them for the emergency which they were designed to do they used them to fix problems like this."
Richard Barone is the chairman of the "Irondequoit Citizens for Better Government". He thinks the district should use its reserve. “Having been a business manager for a school district, you don't need that much. You don't have the emergencies that a town has. Two million would be adequate."
If the proposed budget is approved, here’s what it means for taxpayers: A $100,000 with Basic STAR would see a tax increase of $91.56 per year. If the budget is rejected, the District will use its contingency budget which includes reductions of $1.5-million. Crane says that will result in cuts to programs, personnel and equipment.
The polls are open Tuesday from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. If you live in the District and need more information on the budget, click here.