Voters Prepare to Cast Ballot on School Budgets

May 20, 2013 Updated May 20, 2013 at 11:39 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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May 20, 2013 Updated May 20, 2013 at 11:39 PM EDT


Clarence, NY (WKBW) - On Tuesday, voters across New York State will hit the polls to decide on school budgets.

This year, the vote has gotten downright nasty in some places. Signs line the streets in the Town of Clarence, both for and against the school budget proposal. Vandals spray painted a sign, defacing the face of an elderly woman.

The sticking point in Clarence -- the debate over if the budget should include a 9.8% tax increase. Besides the big tax hike, the Clarence budget proposal includes cutting more than a dozen teacher positions.

Other school districts could raise taxes if their budgets pass.

Hamburg's spending plan includes a tax levy of 5.4%.

In Niagara-Wheatfield, the youngest students could suffer the most. If the school board does not close its budget gap with a nearly 6% tax increase, the board says it could have to cut kindergarten to half a day, or not offer it at all.