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June 17, 2014

Minerva Central re-vote set for today

MINERVA — Residents of Minerva Central School District will get to vote again today on a proposed $5.1 million budget.

The vote is from 1 to 8 p.m. in the school lobby.

The spending plan would increase the tax levy by 13.5 percent to $3.75 million. Minerva’s state tax-cap-formula amount is 2.75 percent.

Fifty-six percent of the 323 people who voted in May supported the budget, but a 60 percent “super majority” was needed to exceed the cap.

The School Board put the same budget back up for today’s re-vote, saying any further cuts would imperil the district’s educational programs.

A contingency budget with about $450,000 in cuts must be implemented if the budget fails again.

Superintendent Timothy Farrell said that would mean cuts in staff and extracurricular activities and that some grades might even have to be tuitioned to another school district.

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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