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Greenburgh to Decide on Budget, BOE Tuesday

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – After months of number crunching and weeks of community outreach, Greenburgh Central 7 School District administrators will learn Tuesday how voters will respond.

The district’s proposed $58.6 million budget, a plan that administrators have said repeatedly has been “cut to the bone,” will be on the ballot Tuesday.

Superintendent Ronald Ross said he is confident the budget will be approved by the community.

“I do think the citizens of Greenburgh will pass the budget,” he said. “We have represented a bare-bones budget. I think they want excellence in the future and they will commit to that.”

The budget has a slight spending increase over this year’s budget and does not cut any staff or after-school programs.

The district’s Business Department has said the plan would raise the tax levy by 2.54 percent, enough to keep it below the state's formula-determined tax cap. However, administrators said they were uncertain what the budget's effect on the property tax rate would be.

If the budget were to be rejected by voters, which happened last year, the district would be forced into an austerity budget, which would mean cutting $1.2 million from the plan.

Administrators have called that the worst-case scenario.

“We’re committed to bringing excellence to the school district, but that costs money,” Ross said. “There is no way around that. We can’t have excellence with an austerity budget.”

Meanwhile, voters will also choose from a pool of 10 candidates for three Board of Education positions Tuesday.

The three current board members whose terms are set to expire, President Terry Williams and Trustees Cora Carey and Charles Bronz, are all seeking re-election.

They face seven challengers: Susan Penchansky, Eric Bitterman, Sonja Brown, Milena Din, Jacqueline Hoeger, Min Hong and Amy Huang.

The poll at the Woodlands High School gymnasium will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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