Voters decline Newcomb, Minerva school budgets

Other local budgets pass

— Members of the five True North school districts had mixed results during the May 21 budget vote.

Newcomb: The Newcomb Central School District will have to resubmit a 2013-14 budget after voters failed to pass the spending plan by a needed 60 percent margin, what is known as a supermajority, according to Superintendent Skip Hults. District leaders were asking voters to approve a budget with a 24.8 percent tax levy increase, which was well above the state-mandated tax levy cap. The vote was 111 yes to 104 no.

Here were the budget numbers:

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

Eleanor Yandon and Marlene Bott ran unopposed for the Newcomb School Board.

Minerva: The budget vote in the Minerva Central School District failed as well, according to Superintendent Tim Farrell. District leaders were asking for a tax levy above the maximum allowable by the state and needed a 60 percent supermajority. The vote was 144 yes and 177 no.

The Minerva School Board will meet Thursday evening, May 23, to discuss the situation.

"Their main order of business is to decide what they believe is the best approach for a tax levy," Farrell said.

Once they decide on a tax levy amount, the board can come up with a spending plan and start making cuts.

"It's a fairly tight timeline," Farrell added.

The statewide budget vote for round 2 is June 18. That means the district must get a public notice in the media by May 31 and have new budget material to voters by June 4.

Here were the numbers:

Proposed budget: $5,142,296

Current budget: $5,040,939

Budget increase: $101,357, or 2 percent

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