NISKAYUNA, N.Y. – Niskayuna residents head to the polls to vote on the new school budget Tuesday.
The original plan included a tax levy above the New York state tax cap and failed during a May vote. The revised budget has lower taxes but still comes with many cuts to school programs.
In addition, the budget includes a $200,000 plan to outsource transportation leading the district's bus drivers to consider filing a lawsuit against the district.
If the newest budget fails to pass, then by law it will go into a contingency plan requiring an additional $2 million reduction in spending.
"It's a great school district and it offers a lot of things," says Suzanne Brooksby. "Niskayuna is a great place to live and we don't want it not to be a good place."
Tuesday night, residents must weigh their yes or no vote on the level of education students receive versus the amount of money they pay in property taxes.
"There is a concern among people my age of when it will stop or will it stop," says Bill Hickman.
Mixed thoughts from voters, many who say they see both sides of what's at stake.
"They have great program here," says Rebecca Pezzano. "I just think some things have been mis-managed. Taxes go up, no matter what you do."
The district's superintendent says the most she can ask for is for people to come out and vote their conscience.
"Whether that's a yes vote or a no vote, it's important that people participate in that vote," says Susan Kay Salvaggio. "So 9 o'clock when we announce the results, we know they represent our community."
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