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June 18, 2013

Three schools hold budget re-votes today

NEWCOMB — Three North Country schools whose budgets were defeated last month are holding budget re-votes today.

Their original 2013-14 proposed spending plans all exceeded the state tax-levy cap, and all failed May 21.

All three schools went back to the drawing board and decreased their budgets, although Newcomb’s still surpasses the state cap. Administrators there said cutting spending any further would destroy their programs. As a result, the Newcomb budget requires a 60 percent super-majority to pass.

Minerva and Tupper Lake have compiled budgets that now come in under the state tax-levy cap. Those budgets can pass with simple majorities.

Here are the details:

NEWCOMB CENTRAL

Proposed 2013-14 budget amount: $5.4 million, up 2.7 percent.

Tax levy: $4.1 million, up 12.7 percent.

State tax-levy limit: 7.16 percent.

Tax rate per $1,000 assessed value: $2.81 Homestead Act; $14.55 non-Homestead.

Vote: 1 to 8 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

TUPPER LAKE

Proposed 2013-14 budget amount: $16.9 million, up 6.1 percent.

Tax levy: $7.58 million, up 3.76 percent.

State tax-levy limit: 4.76 percent.

Tax rate per $1,000 of assessed-property value: $12.84.

Proposition: To authorize the purchase of two school 66-passenger school buses at a cost not to exceed $230,500.

Vote: Noon to 8 p.m., Tupper Lake Middle/High School.

MINERVA CENTRAL

Proposed 2013-14 budget amount: $4.95 million, down 1 percent.

Tax levy: $3.3 million, up 2.97 percent.

State tax-levy limit: 3.97 percent.

Tax rate per $1,000 assessed value: $10.38.

Vote: 1 to 8 p.m., school lobby.

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SEE RESULTS ONLINE

Vote totals will be posted at www.pressrepublican.com tonight as soon as they become available.

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