Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Budget Approved ...

  
WHEC-TV Reports: The Greece Central School District budget passed with the vote split at:

2932 YES

2323 NO

ONLY 5255 SHOWED UP!

McCabe 3871
Ferington 3678
Quirk 3532

WHERE ARE THE COUNTS FOR THE WRITE-INS?

SCATS ~~ WHAT A PATHETIC TURNOUT! Despite that, the budget passed by just 600 votes.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Glad to see the students won't suffer while we try to figure things out with DA and the BOE this year :) But the small turnout is so disappointing. And it'd be a stretch to blame the weather. Oh well, at least it passed. :)

Anonymous said...

No complaining from the non-voters allowed.

SCATS said...

To 11:04PM ~~ What makes you think students won't suffer? Tell that to the ones whose classes were axed or whose sport teams were cut from the budget.

The weather IS A FACTOR, of course. It always is on any vote day. Then there's the 3 seats with no contested race for BOE. That certainly doesn't help get people out. Last but not least, the GCSD has taught us well. If we turn down the budget like the resounding NO vote last year, they will force feed it to us anyway. Why bother voting at all?

SCATS said...

To 11:33PM ~~ How can you tell who is who? Besides, they pay so they get to complain anyway ;)

Uncle Auggie said...

hahahahaha!!!!! Sorry SCATS. Looks like people just don't give a hoot about this blog anymore, and have moved on. Maybe you could start an anti-Auggie blog???

bscheuer said...

Postponing my run for BOE in order to better educate myself on the issues and procedures has caused me to shudder more than once as I see how things are done....It's sickening. The low turnout is very disappointing.

SCATS said...

To 7:04AM ~~ Really!? I see things MUCH differently! Since the 5 yr. anniversary in late Feb. SCATS has added 70 new Facebook fans, several new BLOG Followers and increased the number of pageviews astronomically.

To Brett ~~ It's sad that the more one comes to know about the procedures in GCSD, the more ill one becomes in Greece. I feel your pain.

Anonymous said...

"Passed by only 600 votes"? It passed 56% to 44%. Not really that close. History shows that budgets are typically voted down when turnouts are low.

The pissed-off voters came out, but apparently there aren't enough of them.

Anonymous said...

Glad it passed and I don't care who or how many voted.

Anonymous said...

I voted no because it's the only way to get a message that's heard, even if they ignore it later on. With so many staying home, they better pay attention to their shrinking pool of "yes" voters. They kicked the elementary school parents in the face for 2 years in a row. School-of-choicers is about all they got left outside of employees. That will change soon too.

Anonymous said...

5200???? What can one say about the people in this town? In my opinion if you listen closely you will hear a collective, resounding "baah, baah" coming from the sheep who graze here. "Baah" should be the new town slogan instead of "Discover the Promise." Just give us our Wegmans, Senior Centers, soccer fields and malls and we are happy. To hell with pride in our community and to hell with the education of our children.

It's sad but true. Other residents of this county have the same opinions about us Greece Sheep. The Town of Greece is still a 43.6 square mile farm with Little Bo-Peep in charge.

Anonymous said...

Since it passes by a HUUUUUGGGGGGGAAAAAAAA margin, does that mean they don't have to read the exit polls?
And with about 5000 votes on the budget, why less than 3500 for the BOE designees?

SCATS said...

To 11:41PM ~~ AND they blame the "negative headlines" on a BLOG they claim no one reads ... hysterical! :)

To 11:56PM ~~ Each person got to vote for 0 - 3 people. Apparently some didn't like one or more of this year's "choices." I wonder where the write-in tally is?

Anonymous said...

With its passage, the budget will continue to pay for taxi service to and from baby sitters, a 60 passenger bus with one student being driven 5-7 miles to attend a school of choice. Why, because our present board didn't have the guts to end a waste of our tax dollars on unconscionable busing. Since our next board will be the same group of phonies with the exception of one new guy who will be irrelevant, I don't expect to see anything new.

By this vote the people of Greece have condemned us to several more years of high taxes with no educational benefit to our kids.

Anonymous said...

12% spread is pretty good. They finally seem able to pass something with a little to spare.

56% yes
44% no

Considering the controversy of transportation and schools of choice and many cuts and the many changes in the administration they had a substantial victory.
I noticed Lyndonville was approved too. Maybe we are in for a new era.

SCATS said...

To 4:55PM ~~ I'd be more likely to agree if that 12% spread was represented between 10,000 or more making it to the polls. But it was not. If you add up all GCSD employees and add in BOE members, their families (esp. those who want to vote for the 3 seat winners) and a random sampling of parents who were at school to pickup/dropoff their kid/s anyway, you get 5200 votes. Even out of that group, there's a fair number of "NO" votes. In the end, I'd say it's the same old leaf.

Anonymous said...

For those who might have deferred running for school board this year, look on the bright side. Next year you will only need about 105 petition signers, They are available as of today. Pick one up. You will only need to get two signatures a week, so hurry they're going fast.