Share this article

print logo

VOTERS AGAIN TURN DOWN SCHOOL BUDGET IROQUOIS BALLOTING DRAWS HEAVY TURNOUT

In a heavy turnout Wednesday, Iroquois Central School District voters again defeated a $20,357,004 budget for 1990-91. The tally was 1,143-1,342.

The budget was the same one voters rejected May 23 with the exception of a $339,000 adjustment in revenues that reduced the tax levy.

Immediately after the vote, the School Board met and adopted an austerity budget of $19,887,014 by a 5-1 vote.

Trustee Gary Kent voted no, saying he preferred to wait 30 days to look over the budget again for more cuts. Trustee Charles Schneckenberger was absent.

The austerity budget includes funding only for state-requirements to operate the district.

Affected by the budget defeat and eliminated from an austerity budget will be transportation for kindergarten through 5th-grade pupils who live within a 2-mile radius of their schools and sixth- through 12th graders who live within a 3-mile radius of their schools.

Also eliminated is funding for the district's athletics program, new library books, equipment purchases, extracurricular clubs, field trips, the use of school facilities by outside groups and the purchase of four buses.

The cuts in the austerity budget total $469,990.

A summer instructional program that was optional under austerity regulations and would cost an additional $9,550 was rejected, 4-1, with Trustee Gary Kent voting for it and Nancy Battistoni abstaining. That program would have offered music, driver education, agriculture and gifted and talented courses.

Business Director Richard Binner said figures for the new tax rates have not yet been calculated.

There are no comments - be the first to comment