Tupper Lake school budget rehash meeting is Wednesday

TUPPER LAKE – The Tupper Lake Central School District Board of Education will hold a special meeting Wednesday night to discuss plans for reworking the district’s 2013-14 school budget after the first version failed in a public vote last week.

The public voted down the district’s proposed budget with 685 people voting against it and 512 voting in favor. Residents of the school district also voted against replacing two buses and voted out school board President Dan Mansfield.

District Clerk Diane Dechene said the budget will likely be the only thing on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting. It will be held at 6 p.m. in the district office conference room, at L.P. Quinn Elementary School.

The school board has a regular meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday as well.

Another public hearing on the budget is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, June 10, at the L.P. Quinn library.

The budget is scheduled for another public vote on Tuesday, June 18. The vote will be held from noon to 8 p.m. at the middle/high school, in the same place as the last vote.

The budget voted down would have exceeded the state’s tax cap, increasing the tax levy by 8.35 percent. It included a total of $17,233,794 in spending, a 7.64 percent increase over the current year.

District Superintendent Seth McGowan had told the school board earlier this month that if the first vote fails, the administrative team would likely find a way to cut another $262,000 to get under the tax cap. If the second budget vote fails, the district would need to go to last year’s tax levy, which would mean another $350,000 or so in cuts.

Contact Jessica Collier at 891-2600 ext. 26 or jcollier@adirondackdailyenterprise.com.