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Budget doesn't pass in West Irondequoit

West Irondequoit, N.Y. - Voters in the West Irondequoit School District have defeated the proposed school budget for the second time.

It needed 60 percent approval to pass, but the votes that came in on Tuesday night only totaled to 55 percent.

The proposed school budget for next year includes a 3.9 tax levy increase.

State numbers show that the turnout at the polls for school budget votes is plunging, and we see that locally as well.

In 2010 in Monroe County, more than 40,000 people voted, compared to the 28,000 voters this year.

Monroe County School Board Association member Jody Siegle says that the plunge had to do with the states tax cap.

An exception to the plunge is West Irondequoit, where voters we talked to on Tuesday night said it was a record turnout. This record turnout, however, is related to the district attempting to override the tax cap.

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Washington Times