General Brown Budget Passes -- This Time

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The voters have spoken. A spending plan -- at just under $21 million -- has passed at General Brown Central School District.

The original budget was shot down last month. It called for a nearly 10 percent tax levy increase -- above the tax cap.

But this time, the budget was trimmed to a 5 percent increase.

Over 1,000 voters approved the budget; 380 were opposed.

"As a result of the public's defeat of the first proposition, the board cut significantly the tax levy from 9.9 percent to 5.38 percent," said Superintendent Stephan Vigliotti.

Nancy Ruetten is one of many who supports the budget. She says the school has had enough cuts already and the thought of more would have been devastating for her kids. 

"I hate to see any more losses," she said.
 
"My son, when we entered, said 'Mommy, I don't want just gym all the time' and he said 'I really want my art and my music.'"

"And my daughter is disappointed that she won't have chorus next year," she added.

Others voted against the budget and say the school is simply asking for too much.

"They shouldn't have the best of uniforms, the best of fields, and the best of this and the best of that all the time," Ruth Major said. "They should compromise and they don't seem to want to do that."

Since the budget didn't pass the first time around, additional cuts had to be made, including 17 staff positions this year. 
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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