With added state aid and tough policy decisions, all but three of Genesee County’s seven central school districts managed to keep property tax increases to about 2 percent, or in two cases, less than that.
Voters will make their decisions on the budgets when they go to the polls Tuesday. Following are summaries of the spending plans and budget propositions:
$17 million budget with a tax rate increase of 2 percent. Two propositions seek approval of purchasing two school buses and a lawnmower. Incumbent School Board member Redd Petty is seeking a five-year term. He is opposed by Lori Laney.
$20.4 million budget with a 4 percent tax increase blamed on increased employee benefits. Propositions include two new school buses and a contract with the Sheriff’s Office for a security officer. Five candidates are vying for three, three-year School Board terms. Jeffrey Lathan, the only incumbent, is competing with Yvonne Ace-Wagoner, Amy Phillips, John Tabb and Jennifer Van Valkenburg.
$9.7 million budget with a tax hike of 2.7 percent. Dan Jachimowicz and Candy Bezon are running for one five-year term on the Board of Education.
$22 million budget with a 2 percent tax increase. A proposition would fund the Woodward Memorial Library with $305,000. Incumbent board member Tom Dambra, Denise Duthe and Patrick Kennedy are running for two board terms.
$17.8 million budget featuring a property tax increase of 1.75 percent. A proposition seeks to establish a capital reserve fund of up to $750,000. Jeff Hyde and Sarah Klotzbach are the only candidates for two board terms.
$16.8 million budget with a 2.87 percent tax hike. Rebecca Dziekan, Mark Lorenzetti and John Bannister are vying for one five-year board term.
$20.5 million budget that ups the tax levy 1.8 percent. Propositions would authorize $23,000 for the Corfu Free Library, the purchase of two school buses and tapping the capital reserve fund of $147,000 to complete some renovations. John Cima is unopposed for a five-year board term.