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Clarence school budget OK'd

The Clarence School Board has unanimously approved a $72.5 million budget for 2012-13.

School district residents will vote on the spending plan May 15. The budget stays within the property tax levy limit of 2.24 percent.

The budget includes $2.45 million in spending cuts.

District officials said the estimated average tax rate is $14.35 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, but the final tax rate will be determined in August, when updated assessed valuation and equalization rates will be available.

Because the budget stays within the property tax levy limit, it needs only a simple majority of votes to pass. If the spending plan had been above the limit, it would have required at least 60 percent voter support at the polls to be approved.

Also this week, three candidates submitted nominating petitions to run for two School Board seats. The deadline for submitting petitions has passed.

The three candidates are Susan C. Altman, Michael Fuchs and John Semler. Altman and Semler are incumbents whose terms expire June 30.

In last year's election, six candidates competed for three seats on the board. The board has seven members.