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Carmel School District Explores Next Steps After Budget Voted Down For Second Time

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School officials in Carmel are scrambling after voters in the district became one of only two in New York to reject a proposed budget for the second time.

This week, voters shot down a proposed $132,507,952 spending plan for the second time, forcing the Board of Education to adopt a contingency budget of approximately $131 million that will require cutting $1,664,980 from the budget.

The vote came down to a 1,397-1,755 margin, with the 358 vote differential more than double the initial rejection vote in May. The only other school district in New York to shoot down its revised budget in a revote was the Three Village School District on Long Island.

Officials noted that the proposition to implement a system of walk-in (continuous) voter registration passed by a vote of 1,470 to 903.

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