GERMANTOWN–Voters in the Germantown Central School district have voted to approve a revised budget for the upcoming school year. The $13.7-million spending plan passed by 336 Yes votes to 151 No votes Tuesday, June 19.
This was the second budget proposal to go before voters in a little more than a month. The first budget, which was slightly smaller than the one adopted Tuesday, failed by more than 100 votes in May, possibly because it would have raised the tax levy by more than 5%. The new budget will increase the tax levy by 1.7%, because the board agreed this time around to use more of the district’s reserve funds to offset costs.
The state has set a cap on school tax levy increases at 2%, although the law allows larger increases if 60% or more of those voting approve the higher tax rate.