JE school budget vote, pt. II

About a month ago today, we told Jordan-Elbridge residents to get out and vote.

1,605 people did just that, voting 1,282 to 323 against a proposed school budget that would have cut nearly 30 positions and raised the tax levy by 7.3 percent.

Whether you heard our plea or had already been planning to hit the polls doesn't matter. We're just glad you did.

Now it's round two for the school budget, and the board has proposed a revised spending plan that appears far less damaging than the original. Thanks to your vote, the district went back to the drawing board with help from two financial experts.

The revised budget salvages 4.5 positions and brings the tax levy increase down to 3.9 percent.

Residents voiced their concern over the originally proposed cuts and tax increase. That Joseph Coleman and Thomas Strain lessened the blow to instruction without further increasing taxes - and actually brought the tax increase down significantly - shows they worked in response to the voters' demands.

It's up to Jordan-Elbridge residents to decide whether this budget reflect their desires. If this one isn't passed, a contingency budget about $200,000 less than the proposed will go into affect, resulting in further cuts to education.

So, again - vote, and vote wisely.

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