Taxpayers shot down school budgets in both Brighton and Brockport Tuesday; all other area district budgets from Ontario and surrounding counties passed.
Taxpayers shot down school budgets in both Brighton and Brockport Tuesday.
Brighton was the only local district proposing to go above the state tax cap. The district wanted taxpayers to pay almost 4.9 percent, more than double the state's 2.3 percent cap.
Fifty-five percent of voters approved the budget proposal, but because it exceeded the tax cap it needed 60 percent approval to pass.
"The Board of Education and Leadership Team will now review our options for future proposals, a potential budget re-vote or the adoption of an austerity budget," Brighton Superintendent Kevin McGowan said in a statement. "As those plans are developed, we will communicate with the community and continue considering input."
The school budget was also rejected in Brockport, even though it was under the state's tax cap.
A labor union representing school workers urged voters to vote "no" on the budget. The union is in a battle with the district.