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Minerva school budget vote still undecided

One North Country school district is still on pins and needles this morning, uncertain whether they'll be forced to go to an "austerity" budget next year.

The Plattsburgh Press-Republican is reporting that school officials in Minerva are still meeting to sort out the outcome of this week's re-vote. A first budget vote failed to pass.

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Because Minerva hopes to exceed the state mandated tax cap, the district needed a sixty-percent majority of voters on Tuesday to approve the new budget.

According to the newspaper, the voting machine showed that the vote fell short of that mark.  But there were apparently mechanical problems with the vote tally. 

If the budget does fail, the austerity plan would force district officials in Minerva to cut nearly half a million dollars from next year's spending plan. 

The Press-Republican is reporting that that would mean staff cuts and possibly combining some grades.

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