WGXC-90.7 FM

Hudson School Board reverses budget vote

May 23, 2011 10:04 pm


Lynn Sloneker's Unmuffled blog's Twitter feed reports that Peter Merante switched his vote, and a reworked 2011-2012 Hudson schools budget will go back to the voters. At Mon. May 23's Hudson School Board meeting the board reversed last week's 4-3 school board vote to set aside voter's wishes and accept the proposed budget. Last Tuesday voters rejected the budget 1249 to 424, but moments after the polls closed Merante, Emil Meister, Jeff Otty, and Mary Daly voted to accept the budget anyway. Merante switched his vote tonight, siding with Peter Meyer, Elizabeth Fout, and Jeri Chapman (Meister was absent for the second vote). The proposed budget included an almost ten-percent tax increase that also eliminated more jobs than other area districts. The local media, online commentariat, and photoshoppers all protested the board's initial decision to ignore the public's vote. Sloneker's Twitter feed reports a budget meeting will be held at 6 p.m., this Wed. May 25 in the Hudson High cafeteria. A new public hearing will be held June 14, and a new vote June 21.