Although the voter turnout was low, nearly 1,000 tri-town residents came out to vote.
Voting places will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you are unsure of what you are being asked to vote on, click this link for the full approved Amity BOE budget which includes a comprehensive summary.
The total 1.06% expenditure increase is $521,772 higher than the current budget.
All Orange, Woodbridge, and Bethany residents are affected by the Amity Budget. It doesn’t matter if you have children in the school system or not. So, get out and take 5 minutes of your day to vote in the referendum.
Well, I know we’ll know tomorrow.
In the meantime, I can say for certain that the Budget Referendum PASSED in ALL 3 Towns.
Sleep Well, I’ll post the numbers ASAP tomorrow.
JUST IN: Orange results, 285 yes, 101 no.
Supt. Charles Dumais posted this on Twitter:
Amity Referendum passes with largest YES percentage in more than a decade! Thank you voters!
Bethany – 65% YES
Orange – 77% YES
Woodbridge – 69% YES
Which is great, but no actual yes AND no numbers.
Longtime Orange residents know that your town pays the highest percentage (more than half of the total) of the three member towns because nearly twice as many Orange residents attend these schools than either of the others.
The budget allocations are as follows:
Students % Allocation
Bethany 429 19.290%
Orange 1,116 50.180%
Woodbridge 679 30.530%
Total 2,224 100.000%
Bethany $9,495,632 $9,295,901
Orange $24,017,483 $24,181,870
Woodbridge $14,737,047 $14,712,485
Other Sources $ 189,001 $ 836,279
Total $48,439,163 $49,026,535
Hard copies of the budget are available at each of the member towns’ libraries and Town Halls and the District Officeof the Amity Regional School District.
The total budget request of $49,026,535 is an increase of $587,372 or 1.21% more than the current budget.
Expenditures by Category
Benefits $ 6,092,697
Purchased Services $ 8,495,258
Debt Service $ 4,595,576
Supplies $ 2,978,862
Equipment $ 380,655
Building & Site Improvements $ 181,000
Contingency $ 150,000
Dues & Fees $ 167,439
Total Budget $49,026,535
Increase of 1.21%
The referendum will take place at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Tuesday, May 8 from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Visit the District #5 Website to view the entire budget and to see a detailed explanation of the budget prior to voting.
Voters in the town of Orange, which pays the lions share of the cost 48.740% totaling $22,561,538, passed the budget with 257 YES, 100 NO
In Woodbridge, which is responsible for 30.871% or $14,290,054, the totals were 256 YES, 132 NO.
In Bethany, where the allocation is 20.389% at $9,437,981 — voter turnout was the lowest in years at only 6% — 171 voted YES, 73 voted NO.
The Amity Budget PASSED 684-305.
Originally published 8:43 p.m.
Here is a link to the 130 page $47,835,699 2016-2017 approved budget with a 1.99% increase, that you will be voting to approve or reject.
Once again, Orange’s share of the cost is significantly higher than the other two member towns, due to the student population [Bethany 461 students, 20.389% allocation/Woodbridge 698 students, 30.871% allocation and Orange 1,102 students with a 48.740% allocation]
Here are each of the town’s costs [shown with the monetary difference from the current budget] Bethany will pay $9,437,981 [<$3,164]; Woodbridge’s share is $14,290,054 [>$783,399]; and Orange’s cost will be $22,561,538 [>$160,644].