May 18, 2005 — With the help of an on-time budget from the state legislature, most north country school districts were able to pass their own budgets in state-wide voting yesterday. There were a few exceptions. Indian Lake and Warrensburg saw their spending plans defeated. In Clinton County, Beekmantown voters rejected a spending plan that would have included a 12.7 percent increase. Voters turned down the St. Lawrence Central School budget as well. It called for a 26.8 percent increase in the tax levy. Those districts will have the chance to craft a new budget and hold a second vote. Or they can adopt a lean contingency budget. School districts which had struggled to pass budgets in recent years saw success yesterday. Peru and St. Regis Falls both passed spending plans that will include extra money for new buses.