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Ithaca schools prepare for budget revote

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Turnout was strong for a final budget hearing for the Ithaca City School District’s newly-proposed spending plan. Around 130 people showed up to the last public meeting before June 18’s revote.

The new proposal includes a 2.79% increase in operational costs and cuts 57 positions, a scaled-back version of the initial budget that sought a 6.52% increase and was rejected by voters in May. Many attendees supported the revised budget, with two-thirds of public comments in favor.

If the revote fails, the district will adopt a contingency budget, holding spending at 2023 levels and cutting 87 positions. Concerns were raised about the impact on students and staff, with some urging a push for financial support from Cornell University. The revote will take place on June 18 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.