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Capital Region School Budget Revote Results

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Two Capital Region school districts will be operating on contingency budgets after two of three area spending plans were defeated in Tuesday’s revote.

Rensselaer voters turned down a $27.1 million spending plan that would have eliminated funding for sports programs and came with a 9 percent tax levy hike.

Ft. Edward voters rejected a $11.6 million budget that would have hiked taxes 14 percent. But Superintendent Dan Ward warns taxpayers:

"The tax rate will go up in a contingent budget."

An additional $422,000 in cuts have to be made to meet the zero tax levy increase requirement.

Both Rensselaer and Ft. Edward budgets fell short of the 60 percent supermajority required to override the state tax cap.

In the Greater Johnstown School District, more than 60 percent of voters approved a $38.9 million package that raises taxes 5 percent.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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