Pupil Transportation During a Contingency Budget
Only the voters of a school district may change the eligibility distance by proposition. Simply being in a contingency budget or having a bus purchase proposition voted down, does not change the voter adopted eligibility distance.
Education Law § 2023. Levy of tax for certain purposes without vote; contingency budget
2. Notwithstanding the defeat of a school budget, school districts shall continue to transport students to and from the regular school program in accordance with the mileage limitations previously adopted by the qualified voters of the school district. Such mileage limits shall change only when amended by a special proposition passed by a majority of the qualified voters of the school district. In cases where the school budget is defeated by such qualified voters of the school district, appropriations for transportation costs for purposes other than for transportation to and from the regular school program, and transportation that would constitute an ordinary contingent expense pursuant to subdivision one of this section, shall be authorized in the budget only after approval by the qualified voters of the district.