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Sunday, March 29, 2015
Baldwin passes school budget 2397 to 860
Chris Connolly
Voting yesterday resulted in the passage of Baldwin's revised school spending proposal.

An anxious second round of voting concluded with the passage of Baldwin's revised budget proposal last night. The final tally, which included absentee ballots, was 2397 "yes" votes to 860 "no" votes. The budget, which increased school taxes by 3.14 percent, required only a 50 percent majority for passage. It was a scaled back version of an earlier 7 percent plan, which failed to meet New York state's 60 percent supermajority requirement.

Many in Baldwin feel this budget underspends and will place a chokehold on education — an area in which Baldwin takes great pride. A Board of Education meeting has already been scheduled for June 19 at 7 p.m. in the district office (960 Hastings St.) to discuss the procedures governing independent fundraising efforts on behalf of Baldwin Schools.

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KevinLadden

The board went to far in thinking that the residents of Baldwin would accept a 7% increase in school taxes and 6% for the next 4 years. Over 300 teachers and administrators make well over $100,000.00 a year plus benefits while the average homeowner makes about half that. Redundant positions , high salaries and poor management is to blame when they take student programs away, not the taxpayer who sees an increase every year.

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