School Budget Crunch Time
Most districts have proposed budgets that stay within the boundaries established under the cap adopted last year, so it will take a simple majority of votes Tuesday for them to pass.
About 50 districts, hoping to lessen staff and program cuts, are asking taxpayers for a bigger increase in the property tax levy than the cap allows. Those budgets will need a 60 percent "super majority" to pass.
The cap restricts districts from increasing property taxes by more than 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less.
The Elmira City School District is proposing a tax levy increase of 5%..They are also laying off more than a hundred teachers to close a 10-million dollar budget gap.
The School budget votes will take place in all districts tomorrow.