The East Ramapo school district’s $209.5-million budget did pass last night and by a wide margin.
According to unofficial result announced by the district, the spending plan passed in a 4,050 to 2,238 vote. The 2013-2014 spending plan will raise property taxes by 2.8-percent, down from 3.1-percent in the original plan. The plan will also save the district $3-million with teachers opting for retirement incentives this spring. It is anticipated that the retirement of more than 60 teachers, will help bring back programs that were cut and build a reserve fund.
With the state legislature still in session, special legislation is on the table for the East Ramapo School District that could advance $3.5-million in state lottery aid to the district to move forward. The district plans to use the money to bring back cut staff and programs next year.