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West Babylon School Budget Passes

Voters approve budget by a wide margin Tuesday.

Residents in the West Babylon School District easily approved a new school budget proposal during a re-vote on Tuesday. 

The $99.3 million budget passed by a margin of 1,432-532. 

After its original $100.6 million budget proposal failed to pierce the tax cap last month, the West Babylon Board of Education slashed $1.3 million from that proposal to get to the budget that was approved by voters Tuesday. 

Since the revised budget proposal was within the state's tax cap, only required a simple majority to pass. School taxes will rise by $96.70 for the average homeowner in the district next year, but school officials say the budget is a net zero percent tax increase as residents will receive an average check of $100.88 as a rebate from the state next fall. 

“This was an extremely difficult budget season, but with the support of the community and a good working relationship between the Board and central administration, the district was able to create a school budget that maintains the majority of instructional and co-curricular programs and sports,” West Babylon Superintendent Anthony Cacciola said in a statement. “We thank the entire community for its support.”

john mastandrea June 18, 2014 at 04:59 PM
The school district should be audited.400 less students, school needs to be closed. Plus received additional 125000 from the state as per letter from senator Boyle. Also they have the PFC COLLECT MONIES FROM DANCE RECITALS ETC. Where DOES THAT MONEY GO. Need reduction in Administration A superintendent and two assistant's for a total student population of 4000!Their salaries total well over 600000. That's about half the tax increase. 400 less students means need for less teachers, buses bus drivers. Close an elementary school. The board And the entire district need to be audited asap.The bleeding has to stop. PS EVERY PRIVATE SECTOR BUSINESS MAKING CUTS . 9 teachers let go? they were probably retiring and were given a package. Hall monitors?We need an accountant to run this district Why don't you do an investigative report with some bite instead of just rehashing news , and writing what is told to you and taking it at face value.. Puffin23

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