Clarence Residents Vote on Amended Budget

June 18, 2013 Updated Jun 18, 2013 at 6:46 PM EDT

By Allen Leight

June 18, 2013 Updated Jun 18, 2013 at 6:46 PM EDT

CLARENCE, NY (WKBW) - For the second time in less than a month residents in Clarence are voting on a school budget.

In May voters overwhelmingly rejected the district's budget proposal that would have raised taxes by 9.8%.

The revised budget includes deeper staff cuts and cuts to programs, but only raises the tax levy by just over 3.6%.

Voters remain divided.

"There are people who think that they should just be able to spend and spend and spend with no accountability and that has to stop," said Kaycee Daniels, who voted against both budgets.

"We can't let this school district go down the drain just for a few dollars," argues John Mosher, who voted in favor of the first and second budget proposals.

Others, like Amy Swarts, voted against the first but are supporting this budget proposal for fear of the cuts going too deep.

"It's hard to say what leads and drives people to come today but I think a lot of it is economy this time rather than just sticking up for Clarence just being a good school district. I think people are really hurting. They need to see change," said Swarts.

She also believes the voting public may never be the same, with this latest budget battle changing things for the better.

"As some have said, it's awakened a sleeping giant. So I think we're going to parse things out more than we have before. Just because we're Clarence and we have money doesn't mean we're not going to be watching our nickels and dimes," added Swarts.

Polls remain open until 9:00 p.m. Turnout remains high with more than 2,300 voters casting a ballot by 2:00 p.m.