Rome, Brookfield voters return to polls to vote on school budget

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Two area school budgets are up for a vote Tuesday.

It's the second shot for voters to approve the Rome School District's budget. School officials are hoping residents will give it the green light, after overwhelmingly voting against the $107 million spending plan by nearly 1,000 votes.

The revised Rome budget will save jobs, with 16 positions being cut instead of 56. Residents would see a 2.5 percent tax hike.

Polls in Rome close at 8 p.m.

In Brookfield, polls close at 9 p.m. The school budget passed in May, but didn't pass by enough votes.

The district needed a super majority of 60 percent of the voters, because the property tax proposal exceeded the state's two percent cap. The district was shy by one vote.

The Brookfield school board is hoping to get the numbers it needs to implement a nearly $6 million spending plan. The current proposal is asking for a 9.5 percent tax increase.

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