Voters Head To Polls To Vote On School Budgets


People across the north country are voting Tuesday on school budgets for the upcoming year. 

At a time when districts are dealing with less funding from the state, many spending plans are calling for tax hikes.

One of the bigger budgets being voted on is in the Watertown City School District at more than $66 million.

Voters are also being asked to approve the sale of the site of the district's former office on Butterfield Avenue.

In the General Brown district, voters will have to consider whether to approve a budget that has a 9.9 percent hike in the tax levy.

In Lewis County, most districts have managed to craft budgets with tax levy increases under 3 percent.

The Lowville School District is holding the line on its tax levy for the eighth year due in large part to revenues from the Maple Ridge Wind Farm.

In St. Lawrence County, tax levy increases have ranged from 5.4 percent in Canton to no increase in the Clifton-Fine district, with most of the remaining districts managing to bring in budgets with tax levy increases between 2.7 and 5.1 percent.

We'll have complete results on 7 News at 10 and 11 p.m. and on this web site.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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