Clarence School Budget Fails

12:14 AM, May 23, 2013   |    comments
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CLARENCE, NY -- Voters in the Clarence Central School District voted down a budget with a proposed 9.8% school tax increase.

8,234 people voted.  3,431 (42%) voted yes.  4,803 (58%) voted no.

Now, the superintendent says voters will be asked to approve a budget in June that includes more than $2.4 million in cuts.

WEB EXTRA:  Click here for school budget vote results

Tuesday, 58-percent of the voters in Clarence voted against the budget. At least 60-percent had to vote for it in order for it to pass. The budget would have increased property taxes by 9.8%.

A record number of people came out to vote in the school election, more than 8200. The Clarence superintendent says that the school board will come up with a smaller budget to take to voters in the next week, and that it means some district employees will end up losing their jobs.

"When your community casts 8,000 votes, they've sent us a message. And, by defeating the budget, their message is make sure you go back and make the additional reductions to get to the tax levy cap. So, we will have to get our board of education together and we'll do it in the next couple of days. We will have to make a little over 2.4 million dollars worth of reductions, to get to the tax cap for Clarence which was 3.8-percent," said Clarence Superintendent Geoffrey Hicks.

Hicks would not speculate when asked about the future of the music or art programs. The next school budget vote in Clarence will be June 18 as mandated by the state. Since the district is expected to ask voters to approve a budget that will be under the state's tax cap this time, in order for it to pass it needs 50-percent of the vote plus one.


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