Corning voters reject school budget; Elmira, Elmira Heights and Horseheads budgets pass

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Voters in the Corning-Painted Post School District rejected the district’s proposed $139 million budget with a 4.97 percent tax increase on Tuesday.

Since the tax cap is at 2.97 percent, the school district’s budget needed at least 60 percent of the vote for it to pass.

The results ended up being nearly 50-50 with 1,431 yes votes and 1,418 no votes.

The school district will now make some budget adjustments and hold a re-vote on June 18. It will still need to meet the 60-percent threshold to pass. If it doesn’t pass, a contingency budget, which could include significant cuts and staffing reductions, will go into effect for the 2024-25 school year.

The budgets for the Elmira City School District and Elmira Heights Central School District passed with nearly 80 percent of the vote, while Horseheads’ budget passed with 67 percent.