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(8:55 PM) Clymer Voters Pass 2019-20 School Budget

CLYMER — Second time was the charm for the Clymer Central School District’s 2019-20 budget.

The $11,495,924 spending plan, which called for an 8.8% percent tax levy increase, was approved comfortably by a vote of 703 to 392.

The re-vote met the 60% approval needed by district voters to override the state mandated tax cap.

In May, voters failed to pass a budget that included a 13.29% tax levy increase.

With the almost 9% tax levy increase approved, the district will have “some financial stability” that Superintendent Ed Bailey has spoken about in the past. The district will, however, still need to cut $185,000 from the previous proposal to balance the budget, according to school officials.

The cut is much lower than it would have been if the budget failed a second time.

The board previously stated the 9% tax levy increase will help the district maintain programming for the next two years while other options for the district are considered.

Tuesday’s ballot also included four non-binding questions asking how community members want the district to move forward. The questions included merging school districts, tuitioning students to another school, annexation and utilizing shared services.