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Niskayuna voters reject budget

Turnout high as plan fails to get supermajority

Cindy Elliott, right, helps a resident vote on the proposed school budget Tuesday at Niskayuna High School.
Cindy Elliott, right, helps a resident vote on the proposed school budget Tuesday at Niskayuna High School.
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A large turnout of voters rejected the Niskayuna Central School District budget Tuesday, which was the only spending plan in the county proposing to raise the local tax levy above the state tax cap. A majority of 3,154 residents voted against the budget, with 2,484 voting in favor. The budget, which would have needed a supermajority to pass because it exceeded the state cap, didn’t even receive a majority, with only 44.1 percent voting in ...


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RKrough
May 22, 2013
9:33 a.m.

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This was the first I time I ever voted against a Nisky School Budget. The vast majority of districts are able to work within the tax cap. Niskayuna School District can do better than what they came up with. The district is top heavy with administration and that should be the first step. Second should be cutting taxpayer funded full day kindergarten. Taxpayers should not be subsidizing child care in an affluent community. If Kindergarten parents want full day Kindergarten they should pay out of pocket for the second half of the day. Same with Sports, outside of what is mandated by law, parents of students involved in sports and extra curricular activities should pick up at least a portion of the costs.

gina99
May 22, 2013
2:37 p.m.

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The taxpayers gave a responding NO to the big spenders in the Niskayuna School District. They need to cut the pork out of this budget and keep Van Antwerp open. More For Sale signs sprouting up in town everyday between the outrageous County/Town and School taxes. Hopefully we will soon see some major changes in the big spending Town Board.

JJF
May 22, 2013
6:31 p.m.

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In Niskayuna, where the typical percentage of actual voters among those eligible to vote is 33%, perhaps the turnout is a harbinger of things to come, possibly even a revolution. Note also that two non-incumbents were elected to the Board. Maybe future elections shall not be the familiar "Bugaloo Down Balltown". However, to be fair, other communities, living in the past, may suffer the same fate.

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