Contingency plan eliminates Rensselaer sports after school budget failure

Dan Levy & WNYT Staff
Updated: July 29, 2020 06:24 PM
Created: July 29, 2020 05:56 PM

RENSSELAER - Voters in the city of Rensselaer rejected a school budget proposal and a hefty tax hike that went with it.

So now, a bare-bones contingency plan kicks in that eliminates funding for all sports programs.

The question in Rensselaer becomes how do you quantify lost opportunity for young people?

Rensselaer City School Superintendent Joseph Kardash says he's disappointed voters rejected a proposed $27 million budget proposal on Tuesday night, but given the 9% tax increase that went with the whittled down version, he's not really surprised.

The vote was 355 to 308 against the budget, far short of the 60% super majority needed for passage.

What it means is that a contingency budget kicks in, which maintains the current tax rate.

It also cuts funding for all sports programs and most extracurriculars.

Hear what the superintendent says about hope for some sports programs hopefully returning in the future by watching the video of Dan Levy’s story.

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