(10:05 PM) Clymer Central School Budget Fails

For the second consecutive year, Clymer Central School voters have turned down the district’s proposed spending plan.

Because the proposal was in excess of the state’s 2 percent tax cap, 60 percent of voters needed to approve the budget, which came with a proposed 13.2 percent tax ley increase. Only 55 percent of voters approved of the spending plan, with 580 voters approving and 459 voting against.

Last year, Clymer’s budget was defeated in the first vote, largely because of a proposed tax levy increase of more than 13 percent. School board members used the district’s fund balance to boost revenues in hopes that the tax increase they said was necessary could be passed this year after a series of meetings to educate the public why the 13 percent tax levy increase was necessary. The 2018-19 budget was approved by voters in a second vote once the tax levy increase was decreased.

A complete story will appear in Wednesday’s edition of The Post-Journal.