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Mamaroneck, Rye Neck Budgets Pass By Wide Margins

Nancy Pierson was reelected and Jim Needham was elected to a first term Tuesday night.
Nancy Pierson was reelected and Jim Needham was elected to a first term Tuesday night. Photo Credit: Mamaroneck School District

MAMARONECK, N.Y. – The Mamaroneck and Rye Neck school districts' budgets both passed Tuesday, according to unofficial election results.

Rye Neck also passed a $1.47 million security bond to improve security.

The Mamaroneck School District's 2013-2014 budget passed with 73 percent of the vote. It raises taxes 3.42 percent to $811.20 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The budget comes about $1.1 million under the state-mandated property tax cap, while most schools went right up to the allowable tax levy, Dr. Robert Shaps, superintendent of schools, said.

The two candidates for the Mamaroneck board of education were both uncontested. Incumbent Nancy Pierson , president of the Board of Education, received an unofficial tally of 1,569 votes. Newcomer Jim Needham received 1,484 votes.

Of the 2,051 residents who turned out to vote, 1,624 voted in favor of the budget.

The Rye Neck School District's $38.2 million budget passed with 73 percent of the votes. It increases the amount of taxes it collects from the community - the "tax levy" - by 3.59 percent.

Because assessed values fluxuate drastically between Rye City and Rye Town, the school district does not provide average assessed values. But residents can find out how much their tax rate will increase by plugging in their assessed values from 2011 and 2012 into a property tax calculator on the Rye Neck school website .

Rye Neck School Board President Guy Pipolo and Vice President Bonni Gottlieb received 621 and 582 votes in their respective uncontested races.

Of the 819 residents who turned out to vote, 596 voted in favor of the budget.

The bond would allow the district to make the upgrades to its security system in one year, as opposed to several years if it had included it in the budget. By separating this from the budget, it lowered the budget-to-budget increase from 4.56 percent to 4.09 percent.

The security bond will create district wide new:

  • phone/communication system integrated with the public address and walkie-talkie systems
  • security camera and NVR recording system
  • card reader access system tied into cameras and district network
  • single entry point system and security booth at each school and visitor management system software
  • window film at strategic locations.

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