SANBORN – Voters in the Niagara Wheatfield Central School District will get the opportunity to vote on a second budget Tuesday – one that has been reduced by nearly a half-million dollars.
Because the first budget was rejected in May, the School Board prepared a smaller budget for voters by making $403,050 in cuts. If the second budget is voted down, too, the district will be forced by state education law to resort to a contingency budget.
The $62.35 million budget for 2013-14 that voters will consider includes cuts in teaching staff at the middle school, teacher aides, monitors, clerical staff and a number of adjustments defined as reductions and reclassifications, according to figures provided by the district.
About 48 percent of the second budget, or $29.95 million, would come from taxes. The average property tax hike in the budget has been estimated at about 4.5 percent.
The $62.75 million budget that was rejected in May by a three-vote margin – 1,598 to 1,601 – carried an increase of 5.9 percent.
That budget would have cut six teaching positions
A contingency budget would force the district to make $1.28 million in cuts to comply with state guidelines. Areas that could be affected include kindergarten, music, interscholastic sports, speech programs, a pool teaching station, alternative education programs and support staff, according to district officials.
Polls will be open noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Adult Learning Center, 2292 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn.