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What's next for the Dolgeville Central Schools budget

Dolgeville Central Schools holds board of education meeting in wake of failed budget.

Posted: May 23, 2019 12:57 AM
Updated: May 23, 2019 2:57 PM

DOLGEVILLE, N.Y. -- After Tuesday night's elections, the Dolgeville Central Schools $19 million udget failed to pass. The proposed budget was a result of the district being short around $2.6 million . 

"We had mistakes in our budget where our revenue was over estimated and expenses were under estimated which caused for a big deficit. So we've done a whole lot of cuts and we have the concession from the staff and we told the staff that we have to cut down on their supplies so now we are going back to the drawing board and cutting even more," said Superintendent Lynn Rhone.

In the wake of the failed vote, the district held a Board of Education meeting to allow teachers and residents to come in and ask questions about what's next for the district.

Some of the teachers were concerned that one of the reasons for the budget failure could have been the spread of misinformation on social media. Dolgeville Superintendent Lynn Rhone reiterating the importance of attending board of education meetings.

"That's why we sent out a newsletter to all those folks to hopefully answer any of their questions, and that's why we had so many community forums and we wanted people to come to our budget meeting. Because we just wanted everyone to just have the truth and vote based on the facts," said Rhone.

What happens next for the district is the board of education will discuss whether or not they want to propose a new budget with a different tax levy, or move straight to their contingent budget.

If the district proposes a new budget, that would have to be voted on and overwhelmingly passed on June 18. If that vote fails, the district will move to its contingent budget which is much stricter on what the district is allowed to spend on.

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