Owego-Apalachin Central School District prepares for second budget vote

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OWEGO (WBNG) — On June 18, a vote will be held on the Owego-Apalachin Central School District budget after one vote called for new revisions.

The revised budget features about $170,000 in cuts, but district officials are stressing how important it is for it to pass. If it does not, the district will be forced into a contingency budget, which could result in almost half a million dollars in cuts.

“The district would see struggles for several years to come from that. When you go to contingency budget, you really lose control on what those cuts are. They tell you what those cuts are going to be,” Superintendent Corey Green said on Thursday.

The contingency budget could cause upwards of $300,000 in cuts to programs that directly affect students and staff.

Before the vote, officials have been holding informational sessions so that the public can have their questions answered. Just days before the vote, a informational session at the Tioga County Boys and Girls Club on Thursday had zero people in attendance.

“The biggest thing that I’ve heard is confusion. There was some misinformation that was written in the local paper that we were exceeding the allowable tax cap, which is not the case,” Green said.

The next informational session is June 14 at 8:30 a.m. at the Tioga Visitor Center.

The vote is scheduled for June 18 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Owego-Apalachin Middle School and the Apalachin Elementary School.

 

Katie Jones

Katie Jones

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