Voters Pass Hamburg School Budget

May 20, 2014 Updated May 20, 2014 at 11:32 PM EDT

By Hannah Buehler

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May 20, 2014 Updated May 20, 2014 at 11:32 PM EDT

HAMBURG, NY (WKBW) Thousands of voters came out to cast their vote in Hamburg tonight.

The proposed 62.4 million dollar school budget was passed by just under 2,000 votes.

When budget planning began, Hamburg faced a 2.2 million dollar gap, a crucial number to eliminate with the budget.

“It’s all about our students and giving the taxpayers what we believe is the fairest budget,” said Superintendent Dr. Richard Jetter.

The district was able to offer an early retirement incentive and eliminate some after-school programs to bring the gap down.

The new budget also brings a 4.2 percent tax increase to residents in Hamburg, which some are not happy about.

“I came out to vote,” said Paul Goddard. “I’m tired of paying taxes, they keep going up. We have to stop somewhere.”

The recent publicity surrounding the district prompted some voters to come out tonight.

“There's been so much controversy about the school board that I felt obligated to come and vote for the persons I think will straighten it out,” said Robert Edie, a Hamburg voter.

Two new board members fill spots on the Hamburg School Board. Tonight, Cameron Hall and Tom Flynn were both elected to three-year terms.