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Newcomb, Minerva head to polls again

— “My problem is if I tell you what positions — because we’re such a small school — I would be just giving you the teachers’ names, which we would rather not do right now,” Hults said in a June 10 phone interview. After the News Enterprise stated that those titles — as part of the budget cuts — are public information, Hults added, “By the time you FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) it, it would probably be after the election anyway. Part of this is still under negotiations, and part of it is in the hands of our attorney.”

The budget vote will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 at the Newcomb Central School. The district needs a 60 percent supermajority to pass the budget.

Minerva budget

In Minerva, the School Board slashed about $191,789 in spending in the originally proposed plan, bringing the tax levy increase below the state mandated cap of 3.97 percent. On May 21, voters defeated a budget (144 yes and 177 no) that would have exceeded that amount (8.93 percent increase).

Here are the revised budget numbers:

•Proposed budget (June 18): $4,950,507

•Proposed tax levy (June 18): $3,305,300

•Tax levy increase (June 18): $94,899 or 2.96 percent

•State tax levy cap: 3.97 percent increase

•Current budget: $5,040,939

•Current tax levy: $3,210,401

By comparison, here were the May 21 numbers:

•Proposed budget (May 21): $5,142,296

•Proposed tax levy (May 21): $3,497,089

•Tax levy increase (May 21): $286,688 or 8.93 percent

The budget vote will take place from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 at the Minerva Central School. The district only needs a 50 percent majority to pass the budget.

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