Multiple School Budgets Voted Down

May 21, 2013 Updated May 21, 2013 at 11:41 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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May 21, 2013 Updated May 21, 2013 at 11:41 PM EDT


Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Residents who hit the polls on Tuesday appear to have had enough of the escalating cost of education. Multiple district budgets failed to pass.

No votes were reported in Alden, Lewiston-Porter, Niagara-Wheatfield, Wilson and Bemus Point.

The Niagara Gazette is reporting that the Niagara-Wheatfield School District's budget was voted down by just three votes.

The Superintendent tells Eyewitness News that in order to cover increasing costs and less money coming in from the state, the district was pushing a nearly six-percent tax increase.

That number was unsettling for many residents. However, many parents were also unnerved by one of the alternatives: the possibility of getting rid of Kindergarten, or cutting it down to half a day.

Niagara-Wheatfield now has two choices. It can put the budget back on the ballot again. The second option -- going back to last year's budget, which means it would need to find nearly two million dollars to cut.

To fill that budget gap, Niagara-Wheatfield may be forced to layoff personnel. The Superintendent tells Eyewitness News that this would be a big hit -- the district has already laid off 93 people in the last two years.

Meanwhile, in Lewiston-Porter, a revised budget will go back to voters on June 18th.