SOMERS, N.Y. -- Somers voters have approved a 2016-17 school budget of $87 million, schools Superintendent Dr. Raymond H. Blanch said Wednesday.
They passed the spending plan on Tuesday 922 to 303.
The $86,901,751 budget represents an increase of .33 percent.
While the tax levy of $74,673,878 actually decreased by .03 percent, the new tax rate of $157.94 reflects an increase of .57 percent.
According to a report by lohud.com , all school budgets in Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties passed except one – Bedford’s.
The Bedford school district put up a plan of $129.7 million, which, because it exceeded the state tax cap of .12 percent, required a positive vote of 60 percent, the lohud.com story said.
Bedford nearly squeaked in with 59 percent of voters voting for the plan, falling short by a mere 54 votes, the lohud.com story said.
Somers also passed its $13.6 million schools repair bond, of which nearly half, or $6 million, is earmarked for roof repair.
The roof of the Primrose Elementary School has been patched many times, according to the school district’s website.
It will be entirely replaced, while roofs at the district’s three other schools will be partially replaced or repaired.
The bond also covers things like heating system upgrades, ventilation and temperature control, and masonry and electrical work, the district said.
In a message posted on the district’s website, Blanch thanked residents for supporting the budget.
Because the plan passed, he said, “the children of Somers will continue to experience an excellent education.”
The district will be able to maintain “the current education program” as well as expand into new areas, such as the development of and “International Baccalaureate” program at the high school, the superintendent added.
He encouraged members of the community to be proactive about education by attending school activities, PTA and PTSA meetings, parent-teacher conferences, and Board of Education meetings.
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