The Seaford School District will be moving off thanks to voters giving strong approval the 2012-13 proposed budget Tuesday.
The approved , which represents a 5.4 percent increase over the district’s contingency spending plan, was passed by a vote of 1,766 to 1,262. The tax levy, which is the percent of the budget that must be raised in taxes in order to meet expenses, will jump 2.5 percent. The district was permitted an allowable tax levy hike of 2.93 percent under a new tax cap law approved by the State Legislature last year but the school board opted to go with a lower number to have a better chance of approving the budget.
"I'm happy we're moving forward with a passed budget," said Seaford Superintendent of Schools Brian Conboy moments after the results were announced just after 10 p.m. at .
Last year Seaford voters rejected two budget proposals, which forced the district to operate on a contingency plan for the 2011-12 school year.
Also on the ballot Tuesday were school board candidates and , who ran unopposed and received 1,578 and 1,474 votes, respectively. As the top vote-getter Ruona, who also ran for school board in 2010, receives a full three-year term. Wink, who was to the Seaford Board of Education as an interim trustee last October, will fill out the remaining year of John DelGuidice's unexpired term.
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