Residents Vote on Second School District Budget

June 19, 2012 Updated Jun 19, 2012 at 7:52 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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June 19, 2012 Updated Jun 19, 2012 at 7:52 PM EDT

Sanborn, NY (WKBW)- Residents within the Niagara Wheatfield School District were eager to vote on a secondary school budget after they rejected a May budget proposal. The original proposal called for a 9.9% tax levy increase. The second budget proposal totals more than $60.5 million and includes a 4.85% school tax increase. It also calls for the the elimination of 62 jobs.

"We had used up our fund balance," said Interim Superintendent Kerin Dumphrey. "In the past we were avoiding raising taxes by using fund balances but once you use up your funds, you have to make up for the loss and not only that, but the loss of state and federal aid."

If this second budget proposal is rejected again, a contingency budget will have to be put in place. There would be no tax increases, but interscholastic sports, music, and kindergarten programs could be slashed. Additional jobs could also be eliminated and there would be an increase in class size.

"We're bare bones right now. We haven't filled positions. We have people doing double duty. We're down 40 plus teachers, so there's not much more to cut from right now," said School Board President Steven Sabo.

Voting will take place at the senior high school's adult learning center on Saunders Settlement Road in Sanborn until 8 p.m. Tuesday.