The number of Hauppauge residents participating in school elections has increased over the past four years, according to district polling numbers.
On Tuesday, Hauppauge homeowners voted to a $97.2 million budget for the 2011-2012 school year by a vote of 1703 to 1085, a total of 2,788 votes cast despite the inclement weather.
In 2008, Hauppauge Public Schools’ first budget proposal failed by six votes, 951 to 956. Stephanie Scaduto, vice president of Hauppauge's PTA Council, blamed the low turnout as one of the reason's the budgets failed when speaking with Patch this April.
The following year, voter turnout increased by 21 percent, from 1,907 to 2,316 ballots cast in the 2009 school elections. With the extra votes, Hauppauge’s budget passed by vote of 1,468 to 848, 63 percent approval.
In 2010, voter turnout continued to increase as more than 3,000 ballots were cast. Yet, residents’ approval held strong as the budget passed with 60 percent of the vote.
Here’s a look at Hauppauge’s school budget votes over the past four years:Year Votes For Votes Against Overall Votes Cast 2011 1,703 1,085 2,788 2010 1,829 1,185 3,014 2009 1,468 848 2,316 2008 951 956 1,907