What you need to know: The budget proposal holds the line on expenses and keeps staffing intact to support existing programs for students. The district also seeks approval for a nearly $10 million building and facilities renovation project with numerous upgrades and improvements but that is funded by state building aid and money previously saved in capital reserve fund.
Three board seats will be filled, two of them for five-year terms and one through 2017 for an unexpired seat that had been vacated last fall. The lowest vote-getter will serve through 2017.
Candidates (Elect 3):
• Michael Karpie (i), 60, appointed last fall to fill a vacant board seat
• Rosanne Johnson (i), 49, clinical secretary for UBMD Pediatrics and program administrator for the Lung & Cystic Fibrosis Center at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo
• Steve Hartman, 64, retired.
Total budget: $33,256,496, up 0.55 percent
Tax levy*: $14.55 million, up 1.52 percent
Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 2.94 percent
Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $38.07 in Alden, up 1.53 percent; $19.04 in Lancaster, up 1.53 percent; $41.38 in Marilla, up 1.53 percent; $19.04 in Newstead, up 1.53 percent; $21.54 in Darian, up 1.35 percent; and $44.41 in Bennington, up 1.35 percent.
• Approve a $9.89 million districtwide renovation and reconstruction project. No cost to taxpayers due to state building aid of 80.4 percent and the remaining cost covered by capital reserve money already set aside.
• Spend $426,000 from the previously voter-approved School Bus Reserve Fund to buy four, 66-passenger buses.
• Establish a new capital reserve not to exceed $900,000 tied to buses.
Polls open: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. High School cafeteria, 13190 Park St.
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