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Jun 18, 2013 9:56 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Voters Approve East Quogue Budget

Jun 19, 2013 7:41 AM
UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.:

Voters approved the $22.4 million East Quogue budget, 698-261. The spending plan garnered about 73 percent approval.

In total, 959 voters cast their ballots, over 100 more than the number of voters who turned out to the polls in May.

A round of applause erupted in the school's cafetorium as District Clerk Lenore Rezza read the results.

"To get 73 percent on any vote is extraordinary, I just wish this was the kind of result that we got on the first budget," Superintendent Les Black said. "But I'm certainly pleased that the community responded the way they did."



ORIGINAL STORY:

Voters will head to the polls at the East Quogue Elementary School on Tuesday to cast their ballot on a $22.4 million budget that increases overall spending by about a quarter of a percent and does not exceed the tax cap.

In May, voters rejected a $23 million spending plan, which increased spending by about 2.9 percent and pierced the state-mandated 2-percent tax levy cap, by seven votes. The Board of Education trimmed closed to $600,000 from that plan by eliminating one full-time special education teacher, four teacher assistant positions, three teacher aides, one custodian, a part-time speech teacher, a part-time psychologist and reducing the hours of the district’s technology specialist.

The tentative spending plan requires 50 percent approval to pass. If voters reject it, the Board of Education will be required under state law to adopt a budget with a zero-percent tax levy increase, which would force massive cuts in educational programming and jobs.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the school gymnasium located off Central Avenue in East Quogue.

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Congrats east Quogue. Too bad those 100 extra people didn't bother to vote the first time around. Could have saved some jobs.
By bubby (236), southampton on Jun 18, 13 10:09 PM
Do it for the kids, because more spending equals smarter students. Loli
By chief1 (2784), southampton on Jun 19, 13 6:39 AM
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By bubby (236), southampton on Jun 19, 13 7:54 AM
Chief, you are proof that no matter how much we spend some people will still fall through the cracks.
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Jun 19, 13 11:40 AM
Maybe now those who have "VOTE YES" signs which litter the public right of way in front of their property will remove them. LoL
By crusader (391), East Quogue on Jun 19, 13 12:08 PM
None of the "VOTE YES" signs I saw were in any way littering or disturbing the public right of way! And you can look forward to seeing them again next year! :)
By eqmomof3 (22), EAST QUOGUE on Jun 26, 13 3:50 PM
Congrats to E Q E S for rallying the voters. Wish they didn't have to try so hard to get residents to care about the kids.
By 313758 (8), westhampton on Jun 20, 13 8:02 AM
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