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Corning-Painted Post school budget rejected, re-vote scheduled for June 18

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Voters in the Corning-Painted Post School District rejected the proposed $139 million budget, which included a 4.97% tax levy hike, on Tuesday evening. The budget fell short of the required 60-percent supermajority, with 1,431 yes votes and 1,418 no votes.


Superintendent Michelle Caulfield noted the impact of inflation and recent home reassessments on voters’ decisions. “Inflation is affecting all of us, not just the school districts,” Caulfield said. The proposed tax levy increase aimed to maintain the budget at last year’s levels, necessitating the higher supermajority due to the state tax cap.

The district will revise the budget and present it for a final vote on June 18.