Voters in West Irondequoit have defeated the school budget for a second time. Actually, in Monday’s voting, there were more ‘yes’ votes than ‘no’ votes, but the vote of 3,363 in favor to 2,789 against, resulted in 55-percent of the voters giving their approval, and a 60 percent “super majority’ was needed to approve the plan.
That’s because the budget would have gone above a state property tax cap. The district will now have to adopt a contingency budget which has the same property tax levy as the previous school year, which is $1.5 million smaller than the budget which was proposed for next year.
In last month’s budget vote, 56 percent of those casting ballots voted in favor of the spending plan. The same spending plan, which would have increased the tax levy 3.9 percent, was put up for a vote on Monday.