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Voters approve North Syracuse Central School District revised budget

Less than one month after defeating the budget initially proposed by the district, residents in the North Syracuse Central School District have approved the revised budget by a count of 3,329 to 2,365 on Tuesday night.
Updated at 9:55 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18

North Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Less than one month after defeating the budget initially proposed by the district, residents in the North Syracuse Central School District have approved the revised budget by a count of 3,329 to 2,365 on Tuesday night.

The $143.5 million budget passed with 58.4 percent approval. School officials tallied 5,697 votes, the largest turn out in years.

The initial budget would have called for a tax levy increase of 5.33 percent. Because that exceeded the state's tax cap, it needed a 60 percent majority vote to pass.

The revised budget is $1.2 million less and cuts eight sports teams and their staffs, along with restructuring the elementary school orchestra. The adjusted tax levy increase is 3.45 percent.

With a lower tax levy, the revised budget needed a simple majority to pass.

If voters would have turned down the revised proposal, the district would have been forced to use a contingency budget, cutting more than $4 million from the original proposal, meaning all athletic programs and extracurricular activities may have been cut.

For more information on the new budget, visit the North Syracuse school district’s website.

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