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School Trustees, Budget Approval Vote Tuesday

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. –  Voters will get a chance Tuesday to elect two members to the school board and decide the fate of a $44.4 million budget for the 2012-13 school year.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of the school, which can be accessed through the elementary school on the Midland Avenue side of the school campus. Residents 18 years and older who have lived in the village for at least 30 days prior to Tuesday are eligible to vote.

“Voting is a simple and easy for people to stay involved in the community and stay informed about the schools,” said PTA President Nina Evison. “We’re all part of a small community, and it is important for the school administration and the board to know that the parents are involved in the schools and educated about them.”

A contested election for the seat being vacated by board Trustee Richard Rugani has for the first time in a decade offered voters three options for one of the positions. Jeffrey Rohr’s candidacy has been endorsed by the Committee for the Non-Partisan Nomination and Election of School Trustees, while Kurt Fuchs and William Rizzo are running as Independents.

Incumbent Chris Atayan is running unopposed for a second-term to his post, which expires June 30. He, too, is running on the Non-Partisan Committee ticket.

If passed, the budget would result in taxpayers paying approximately 14 cents more per $1,000 of assessed home valuation than the current $13.79. The tax levy would be 0.98 percent, well below the state’s 2 percent school tax cap that went into effect Jan. 1.

The $44.4 million budget was unanimously approved by the school board April 19.

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