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Pat-Med School Budget Passes, Andrade and Jennings Win Board Seats

Pat-Med residents approved a $171.45 million school budget on Tuesday.

The budget passed by a margin of 2275-1451. It needed a 60 percent supermajority to pass and it received 61 percent of the vote. 

A voter proposition proposing to change the mileage limitation for transporting children to private and parochial high schools from 15 miles to 25 miles was defeated. 

Five candidates ran for for two seats on the Pat-Med Board of Education. Newcomers Diana Andrade and Kelli A. Jennings won those seats over incumbent Brett Houdek, as well as Bunnie A. Schiller and Kevin Maccabee. 

View the results in detail here

Are you happy with the results? Sound off in the comments section below. 

Daniel Cole May 21, 2014 at 11:17 PM
Maureen - I think that a good issue to press at the state level would be changing the tax cap law so that parent initiatives cannot trigger a 60 percent supermajority requirement for budget passage. We will never know how residents would have switched their votes to "yes" had the tax cap not been an issue. Personally, I would have voted against the proposition anyway, but I don't think that it is fair that your proposition did not get a vote based on its merits alone.
Maureen Graziano May 22, 2014 at 08:04 AM
Daniel- good point.....Both the mileage limit and tax cap law will be addressed at the state level.....stay tuned.......
Jon Thomas May 22, 2014 at 11:37 AM
I’d still vote no, but you made one big mistake in how you presented your proposition in order to get a fair hearing. You should never have made the proposition effective immediately. In your referendum, the implementation date should have been delayed by one year. If the proposition passed, the tax cap issue would have no impact and in fact the Board would have to budget it properly in the next budgeting cycle to maintain spending under the cap. If you are going to fight this on a state level, that should be the approach. All community driven referendum which impact spending should have a one year delay in implementation. It doesn’t matter what the issue is. That makes it fair for the community in the current budget cycle so they are not allowing outside groups to force a 60% super majority. It also makes it fair for the petitioners so they get evaluated on the merits and not just immediate monetary concerns. Again I’d still vote no, and I do favor the tax cap as an effective tax containment process, but I do believe in fairness and I believe what I described would be fair for everyone, by preventing anyone (Board or Special interest group) from gaming the system.
Daniel Cole May 22, 2014 at 11:57 AM
Jon - that's a very clever way to handle the tax cap issue without having to go back to Albany to fix the law.
Judy Pepenella May 22, 2014 at 06:50 PM
Jon brings forth a valid point. Postponement would have made kept the district from piercing the cap, bit would have put the burden on the next board to deal with balancing the budget with $330,000 for this service. This added cost would mean the next board to have to cut other services for the majority of students.


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