BKW 2024-25 school year budget voted down

Voters of the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District defeated a proposed $26.3 million budget for the 2024-25 school year, with 345 in favor and 243 opposed. Because the 5.09% tax levy increase was above the district’s assigned tax levy “cap,” a super majority of votes (60% plus one) was needed to pass. This year’s proposed budget received 58.7% of voters’ approval at the polls.

Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District officials indicated prior to the vote that if the proposed budget was defeated, the district may move to adopt a contingent budget for the 2024-25 school year.  Under the property tax cap law, a school district that adopts a contingent budget cannot increase its tax levy.

District officials will discuss whether to go back out for a revote that would take place on June 18 or to fund the 24-25 school year with a contingency budget.

In addition, Lisa Joslin was reelected to another three-year term, effective July 1, 2024.

“As a district, we will hold a discussion on the next steps for our district and review our priorities moving forward,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mundell.