Ariana Lubelli Jun 21, 2017, 12:46 pmJun 21, 2017, 12:46 pm

Voters approve $231.6M amended school budget in East Ramapo special election

Tax cap override and bus service to private schools were amended in revised spending plan

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East Ramapo school board holds meeting on new budget 

East Ramapo residents have voted to pass a revised school budget after the one proposed in May was shot down.

A special election brought voters out this week to approve a $231.6 million amended school budget in East Ramapo. Two keys proposals changed in the revised plan since it was proposed and rejected in May.

"There were two significant items that were rearranged, or amended, the override, the tax cap override and the 14 days of busing for our private schools," says East Ramapo CSD Superintendent Deborah Wortham.

The failed budget proposed to break the state-mandated tax cap and included a 2.49 percent hike. It also allocated funds for private school student's transportation on days the schools are closed.

The unofficial results show 2,121 votes in favors of the revised budget and 1,809 against it.

Superintendent Wortham says the budget demands have changed overtime as the district has and this amended plan fits the community's needs.

"...and I believe that people are in a joyous, celebrating mood this morning because we believe that we are in the throes of really something great," Wortham says.

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