Katonah-Lewisboro residents rejected the district’s $111 million budget proposal today by a vote of 2,348 to 2,177.
School board members Peter Breslin, Mark Lipton and Peter Treyz were all re-elected. They fended off a challenge from Kenneth J. Aufesser, according to unofficial results. The vote was 2,267 for Breslin, 2,344 for Lipton, 2,779 for Treyz and 2,140 for Aufsesser.
School Board president Michael Gordon was disappointed over the budget’s defeat.
“The board will have to decide whether it wants to go directly to contingency (budget) or whether it wants to put out a second budget for the community to vote on,” Gordon said. “I think, reading the tea leaves, we will probably put a second budget to the community.”
The budget plan called for eliminating 33 jobs in the Katonah-Lewisboro district, many of them teachers.
The budget plan would have increased spending by 2.98 percent over the current year and would have lead to a 3.69 percent increase in the district’s tax levy.
In a separate proposition, residents also rejected a proposition to spend $1,110,000 to purchase buses and passenger vans. That proposition failed by a vote of 2,435 to 2,012.