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Eden wanted to exceed the tax cap; voters had other ideas, as budget fails to pass

Eden Central School District's budget has been defeated.

The budget needed a 60 percent "yes" vote to pass because the levy went over the tax cap. But the Eden budget did not gain even 50 percent approval, let alone the 60 percent needed for passage under the tax cap legislation. The budget was defeated, 57-43 percent.

[Results: School budget, School Board elections in Erie, Niagara]

Before the vote, Superintendent Sandra Anzalone said the key was turnout, as the more people who turn out, the higher the success rate has been. But not Tuesday. This year, 905 voted on the budget, while last year 503 voted. The proposition to buy buses passed 52-48 percent.

“If people vote, then we have community voice,” Anzalone said. “Either way, we just need to hear their voice.”

The increase in the tax levy allowed under the cap for Eden was 0.46 percent, and the district proposed increasing the levy by 2 percent. Spending would have gone up 3.7 percent.

The board has a meeting scheduled Wednesday, and will discuss whether to put the budget, or a different budget, up for a revote in June, or to adopt a contingency budget.

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