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Chappaqua Voters Approve School, Library Budgets

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - Voters overwhelmingly approved Chappaqua Central School District 's $112.2 million budget with 77 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. The 2012-2013 budget received 938 votes in support and 274 votes against.

"I would like to thank everyone for coming out to vote and for supporting our community's children and the Chappaqua Library," said Superintendent Lyn McKay. "The 2012-13 budget will help to ensure that the district can continue its tradition of excellence."

The district budget falls within the state-mandated 2 percent tax levy cap. The approved budget means property taxes in the town of New Castle portion of the district will increase 1.6 percent and the town of Mount Pleasant's portion will rise 9.6 percent.

To make it under the cap, the district cut a net total of almost 11 positions and also used $3 million from its fund balance, which consists of already-paid taxpayer dollars that was set aside by the district for potential claims, liability, retirement contributions, repairs, tax certioraris and more.

Alyson Kiesel was unopposed in her bid for re-election to the board of education and received 948 votes. She will serve another three-year term.

Also passing with 81 percent of the vote was a $2.8 million budget for the Chappaqua Library . The budget increases spending 2.8 percent. The budget received 974 votes in support and 223 votes against.

Garry Golub was voted onto the library's board after receiving the most write-in votes with 34. No candidates filed a petition to appear on the ballot, so the district accepted write-in candidates. The board consists of five members with five-year terms, with one seat expiring per year. Stan Kurzban finished second with 20 votes and five other candidates received one or two votes.

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