Clarence Students Talk Budget Re-Vote

June 17, 2013 Updated Jun 17, 2013 at 11:25 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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June 17, 2013 Updated Jun 17, 2013 at 11:25 PM EDT


Clarence, NY (WKBW) - Round two of the battle of the budgets in six local school districts is set to begin. School budget re-votes take place on Tuesday, June 18th.

The groups who had opposed the original Clarence budget proposal have now come around, and back the new version.

However, that does not mean students are not worried.

"If it doesn't pass, everybody's nervous," says Maddie Warman, a freshman at Clarence High School. "It just means even more tension and sadness than what's already going on."

Clarence schools will face cuts no matter what -- but they will be much more serious if the budget fails.

In the first proposal, the school district argued for a 9.8-percent tax hike. This one is down to 3.62-percent.

However, the new proposal also includes cuts to sports, numerous student clubs and dozens of teaching positions.

Danny Richer, an 11th grade student at Clarence High School, says "I know in band, people were worried about just having one band -- or having all the band teachers getting cut -- which one did."

This new proposal has a lot of support. Citizens for Sustainable Schools, a group of residents opposed to the first budget proposal, joined together with the group Keep Clarence Schools Great to support this new budget.

However, some community members tell Eyewitness News they worry that the school district would balance its budget on taxpayers backs for years to come.

Voters in five other Western New York school districts will head to the ballots too.

In Lewiston Porter, a 5.5-percent tax levy has been lowered to 3.95-percent. The current proposal includes multiple layoffs.

In Niagara-Wheatfield, a nearly six-percent tax increase has been brought down to 4.5-percent for the re-vote.

The budget also includes big hits to sports, extracurricular activities and middle school staff.

School districts in Wilson, Alden and Bemus Point will also have a re-vote on their budgets on Tuesday.

Eyewitness News will bring you the latest on the results as information comes in.