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School and Library Budgets OKd by New Rochelle Voters

The votes were overwhelming in favor of the budgets.

School and Library Budgets OKd by New Rochelle Voters

New Rochelle voters handily approved both the school and library budgets for 2012-13 Tuesday.

The unofficial tally was 1770 for the school budget and 734 against the budget.

The newly approved budget is $234,174,978, up 1.43 percent over last year's adopted budget of $230,872,398.

Paul Costiglio, district spokesman, said the school board thanked the community for coming out in support of the budget.

"We are immensely pleased that we were able to pass a budget that meets the new tax cap requirements set by the state while at the same time maintaining our educational program," he said. "This budget allows us to continue offering the quality educational experience and opportunities that students deserve and New Rochelle has come to expect."

The amount of taxes the school district will have to raise in order to pay for the spending—the tax levy—is $185,766,917, which is a 2.13 percent increase over the 2011-12 tax levy of $181,889,144.

For more,  see this article.

The budget was approved as well—1767 to 644. The $4,468,996 proposed spending package for 2012-13 is down 0.11 percent—or $4,728—from the 2011-12 budget. More information on the library budget  can be found here.

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Both the board of education and library board of trustees had two open seats on the ballot. Incumbents Chrisanne Petrone and David Lacher ran unopposed for the school board, as did incumbents Haina Just-Michael and Bernardo Nunez for the library board.

Marilyn Zengotita of New Rochelle always votes in the school district elections. She has children in the high school, as do her friends.

"I definitely want the budget to pass," she said, adding that there have been too many cuts and schools are getting too crowded.

Bill Welker of New Rochelle has seen two of his children graduate from New Rochelle school and has yet another in high school.

He, too, wanted to make sure the budget passed.

Welker has no advice to give to make it easier to fund public school.

But one thing is certain to him: "We can't keep cutting programs," he said. "Arts and music is where they always start. 

EDITOR'S NOTE: The article has been modified from its original version by the addition of comments from the school district.

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