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Pleasantville Votes on School Budget, Candidates Tuesday

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Pleasantville residents will vote Tuesday on a $45,300,311 budget for the 2012-13 school year as well as contested seats on the Board of Education in the Pleasantville Union Free School District.

The budget, which falls within the state-mandated 2 percent cap, includes a tax levy of $32,923,844, an increase of 1.71 percent from the previous year. With exemptions from New York State, Pleasantville could have raised its levy as much as 2.4 percent. Under the adopted budget, the tax rate would increase from $1,337 to $1,361 per $1,000 assessment, an increase of $24 or 1.81 percent.

If a budget is not passed by voters, the district has the option of offering a revised budget for a revote on June 19, or it can immediately adopt a contingency budget that caps spending using a state formula. That budget is defined by the state as expenditures "absolutely necessary" to operate and maintain schools.

Also on the ballot will be three candidates vying for two seats on the district's school board. Looking to fill the openings are Tara Klein, Emily Rubin Persons and Larry Boes. The three are seeking to replace outgoing members Thomas Exton and David McCullagh, who are not running for re-election.

The top two vote-getters will be elected to three-year terms. The Daily Pleasantville has put together profiles of the candidates that can be found by checking out the links below:

Emily Rubin Persons

Larry Boes

Tara Klein

Voting will take place Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Pleasantville Middle chool multipurpose room.

Stay with The Daily Pleasantville throughout the day for updates and results as they are made available.

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