Ithaca school budget passes narrowly with enormous voter turnout

May 21, 2014

The Ithaca City School District says preliminary results show that its proposed $113,774,956 budget for the 2014-15 school year passed with 62.17% of the vote in Tuesday's election. The budget required 60% of the vote to pass.

A proposed million-dollar expenditure from the capital reserved passed, as well, with 67.93% of voters approving. Three incumbent school board members, Patricia H. Wasyliw, Christopher Malcolm, and Seth J. Peacock, all won re-election to their seats.

Very high voter turnout took district staff by surprise, and area residents reported unusually long lines to vote at several polling places. Voters in some cases waited over an hour to vote, and some Ithaca polling places ran out of pre-printed ballots and had to use emergency ballots. ICSD says the Board of Education will meet on Wednesday evening to certify the results.

In the Trumansburg Central School District, the proposed $24,894,931 budget passed by a vote of 402-146, along with a proposed $130,000 additional expenditure to purchase a new school bus, and a proposition to raise the tax levy by $3,405 to support the Ulysses Philomathic Library. John R. White and Frank S. Rossi were both re-elected to three-year terms on the Trumansburg school board.

Lansing and Dryden's school budgets both passed by wide margins.

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