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Newcomb, Minerva work on cutting budgets

The Minerva Central School is hoping to build international attendance.

The Minerva Central School is hoping to build international attendance.

— With a vote of 111 yes and 104 no — only 52 percent approval — Hults’s message wasn’t enough for the 60 percent supermajority. Once the town hall meetings are complete, the School Board will begin to make its budget cuts before finalizing a new proposed spending plan.

Here were the budget numbers on May 21:

Proposed budget: $5,823,308

Current budget: $5,274,469

Budget increase: $119,656 or 10 percent

Proposed tax levy: $4,506,439

Current tax levy: $3,611,508

Tax levy increase: $894,931 or 24.8 percent

State tax levy cap: 6.94 percent increase

Both Newcomb and Minerva schools are on the same timeline, to craft new budgets for a second and final vote on Tuesday, June 18. If a budget is defeated by voters on that day, the schools will be forced to adopt austerity budgets.

Minerva

On May 21, the Minerva Central School District placed a 2013-14 budget on the ballot that included an 8.93 percent increase in the tax levy, above the 3.97 percent increase allowed by the state. The vote was 144 yes and 177 no.

School Superintendent Tim Farrell sounded discouraged when reporting the defeat to the News Enterprise on the phone the night of May 21. School Board members discussed the situation during a special meeting on May 23. Their goal was to decide on a tax levy amount and start making cuts based on a new spending plan.

Farrell said May 31 that the School Board members decided on May 23 to cut about $192,000 from the budget and were expected to meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, June 3 in the school cafeteria for a budget work session, where they would decided exactly how to trim the $192,000 from the spending plan.

Here were the budget numbers on May 21:

Proposed budget: $5,142,296

Current budget: $5,040,939

Budget increase: $101,357, or 2 percent

Proposed tax levy: $3,497,089

Current tax levy: $3,210,401

Tax levy increase: $286,688 or 8.93 percent

State tax levy cap: 3.97 percent increase

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