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Rye Neck Voters Overwhelmingly Pass School Budget

This story was updated at 10:50 p.m.

RYE NECK, N.Y. – Residents said "yes" to the 2012-2013 Rye Neck School budget, passing it with 71 percent of the vote Tuesday, according to unofficial election results.

The $36,670,040 budget, which complies with the state tax levy cap, raises spending 2.28 percent . The 2012-13 budget , approved by the board April 18, increased the tax levy, the total amount of money the district collects in property taxes, 2.17 percent, or $33,305,232, the maximum allowed for Rye Neck under the state tax levy cap.

Property owners in the Rye Neck school district can determine their 2012-13 school tax rate by plugging their property's assessed value into a calculator on the district website .

The two candidates for the two open board of education seats were uncontested. Incumbent Allen Hodys , who joined the board in 2009, will continue on the board, and newcomer William Shaner will join it. Board President Cathy O'Keefe did not seek reelection.

Of the 910 resident who voted, 703 voted in favor of the budget. District clerk Veronica Sessler said the turnout was about 75 votes lower than last year, but still above average.

There are about 6,000 registered voters in the Rye Neck School District, Sessler said.

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