Tax Hike Defeated in Clarence

May 22, 2013 Updated May 22, 2013 at 8:10 AM EDT


May 22, 2013 Updated May 22, 2013 at 8:10 AM EDT

Clarence, N.Y. (WKBW) - Residents in Clarence voted against a 9.8 percent proposed tax hike. This could mean some changes in the schools.

Now, school officials said they have to cut $2.4 million to get to the tax levy cap. The school board will gather to discuss what cuts should be made.

They may get rid of anything from music and art programs to other extracurricular activities. Many students fear their favorite classes will get the axe. School officials said without the additional tax dollars, they have no other choice.

"By defeating the budget their message is make sure you go back and make additional reductions to make the levy cap, which we will do in the next couple of day. We will have to make a little over $2.4 million to get to the cap level for Clarence which was 3.8 percent," Clarence School Official said.

This was a record voter turnout with about 8,000 residents coming to the polls. Although the door closed promptly at 9 p.m., there were still hundreds of people inside waiting to cast their votes. Everyone was eventually about to get their vote counted.

School officials said the board will meet in the next couple of days and being making those cuts.