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RCS will have another vote on school budget

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District will again be asking voters to approve a $42.5 million school budget, but the Board of Education has decided to reduce the tax levy increase by spending another $100,000 out of reserves to lower the tax levy hike to 2.5 percent.

Voters on May 17 rejected a budget carrying a 3.4 percent tax levy increase by a margin of 1,039 votes to 959 votes. The re-vote is scheduled for June 21, with a public hearing slated for June 13.

The school board made its decision last night. If the budget is rejected again then the district would have to adopt a contingency budget. The defeated budget is already within the contingency parameters, according to the district.

District officials could not immediately be reached for further comment."

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