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June 18, 2014

Minerva budget results delayed

MINERVA — The unofficial results of the Minerva Central School District vote indicate the budget went down by a 1 percent margin, however, a voting machine malfunction delayed a final count.

“We need to follow up with our legal counsel (Wednesday) to find out how to proceed,” Superintendent Timothy Farrell said on Tuesday night.

At that point, the tally was 260-181, meaning 59 percent of voters supported the budget.

A 60 percent “super majority” is needed for it to pass.

Residents of the district had a chance to vote again Tuesday for the unchanged $5.1 million budget with the hope that more support would push it through.

It had failed on May 20 when “yes” votes only totaled 56 percent of the 323 who cast their ballots.

The super majority of 60 percent is required because the budget’s accompanying tax levy represents a 13.5 percent increase over the 2013-14 school year, exceeding Minerva’s state tax-cap amount of 2.75 percent.

If the budget fails a second time, a contingency budget will require about $450,000 in cuts that would affect staff and extracurricular activities, Farrell said.

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