Second school budget hearing tonight

TUPPER LAKE – The Tupper Lake Central School District Board of Education will hold a public hearing tonight on the second version of its 2013-14 budget, after the first one failed in a May public vote.

The first version of the budget would have exceeded the state-imposed tax cap, raising the tax levy by 8.35 percent, so it would have needed at least 60 percent of the vote to pass. Residents of the school district voted it down 685-512 on May 21.

The new version of the budget would eliminate seven instructional positions, two through layoffs, and would come in a full percentage point below the tax cap. The district’s cap is 4.76 percent, but the new version of the budget would increase the tax levy by 3.76 percent, or $274,954, bringing the total levy to $7.6 million.

Only one member of the public made a comment at the board’s first budget hearing in May, and it was in support of the first proposed budget.

The public will get another chance to vote on the budget next week.