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Jun 7, 2019 11:16 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Eastport-South Manor School District Budget Fails, Re-vote Is Scheduled

The Eastport-South Manor Junior-Senior High School. PRESS FILE
Jun 12, 2019 10:15 AM

Residents in the Eastport-South Manor School District will have to vote again on next year’s school budget following the state’s rejection of the original voting results from last month.

The State Education Department reviewed the results for several days and informed district officials shortly before a Board of Education meeting Wednesday evening, June 5, that the budget did not meet state requirements.

The budget needed at least 60 percent of the vote in order to pass, and it received only 54.7 percent. A super-majority vote was required, the Education Department said, because of a proposition on the ballot to fund the addition of six armed guards in the district. That would have pushed the budget over the state-mandated tax cap, causing an override.

District officials believed that if that measure for armed guards failed—as it did—a simple majority vote could approve the budget. The state rejected that interpretation.

Acting Superintendent Joseph Steimel released a statement on the district website Thursday afternoon, the day after the determination. “As you might expect, this news comes as a bit of a shock to our school system, as we believe we followed state regulations in our voting procedure and tally,” he wrote in the statement.

Board members voted to schedule a re-vote for Tuesday, June 18, at the junior-senior high school. A public hearing on the budget was slated a week prior, on Tuesday, June 11, according to the statement.

Voters will cast their ballots for the same budget in the amount of $96,551,702 that complies with the 2.75 percent tax levy cap, excluding the armed guards proposition. This time, it will require a simple majority vote, of more than 50 percent, to pass.

On Thursday, district officials declined to comment, referring all calls to Syntax, a private public relations firm hired by the district.

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Like a banana republic vote until you get the results you need
By chief1 (2738), southampton on Jun 7, 19 2:54 PM
and why isn't there a re-vote when a budget PASSES??
By bigfresh (4434), north sea on Jun 7, 19 5:16 PM
It's the law. Don't like it? Change the law!
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (6973), HAMPTON BAYS on Jun 10, 19 9:28 AM
They are an absolute joke, They did not realize they needed the super majority because of their second proposition. They waste money left and right and nobody supervises any what a joke...
By jbjreading (3), Manorville on Jun 8, 19 8:14 PM
Did the proposition for the armed guards pass?
By fusioncontusion (9), East Hampton on Jun 9, 19 1:12 PM
No it did not!
By lifesaver (118), speonk on Jun 9, 19 3:50 PM
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