Poor weather and a lower-than-expected turnout didn't at all affect the approval of a $64,754,404 TUFSD school budget on Tuesday.
"Turnout was a little lower than expected, but other than that it was a positive day," said Nelly Valentin, Secretary to Superintendent/District Clerk.
Local voters in the villages approved the budget by a vote of 747 to 451.
The budget in a 2.71 percent tax increase. Due to the way the burden is split between the two villages, there would be a 3.65 percent tax increase in Tarrytown and a 1.44 percent increase in Sleepy Hollow.
For the Board of Education race, incumbent trustees Sheila Conklin and Katharine Swibold held the day. Newcomer Ken Torosian congratulated incumbents on their victory at the School District's central offices on Tuesday night, but noted he would continue to make his voice heard.
"We did this campaign in three weeks, and there are a lot of people who believe in the message. I'm going to keep coming here and delivering it," Torosian said.
Union Free School District of the Tarrytowns
2011-2012 BudgetYes No Sleepy Hollow 324 209 Tarrytown 423 242 Total 747 451
Increasing Busing Distance for Washington Irving School
Yes No Sleepy Hollow 368
Purchase of Buses for the School District
Yes No Sleepy Hollow 333
Board of Education TrusteesSheila Conklin Sleepy Hollow 254 Tarrytown
372 Total 626 Katharine Swibold
Sleepy Hollow 283 Tarrytown 370 Total 653 Ken Torosian
Sleepy Hollow 289 Tarrytown 248 Total 537
Pocantico Hills Central School District
Yes - 234
No - 115
Yes - 216
No - 121
Board of Education Trustees
John Conrad - 306
Florence McCue - 83
Joan Waters Cusanelli - 277
Katherine Yu - 64