MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – In a vote that will again be remembered for a remarkably low turnout, preliminary results show that the Mount Vernon School Board budget has been turned down for a second time.
Approximately 1,500 of the district’s 38,000 registered voters went to the polls on Tuesday, voting down the budget 780 to 759, according to unofficial results. The original budget was voted down 1,169 to 773.
If the vote stands, the district will be forced to adopt an austerity budget, which will force an additional $1 million in cuts. The austerity budget would lead to cuts in classroom programs and the elimination of targeted investments for instruction, though rising employee retirement benefits must still be paid in full.
Keep checking The Daily Voice for further updates and reactions to Tuesday’s vote.
Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.