What you need to know: After a first budget failed last year, the school made deep cuts to pass a second budget, cutting 45 positions and spending reserves to maintain programming, which caused its bond rating to dip slightly. “Last year we ran into our brick wall,” said Superintendent Christopher Roser.
Viewed as a wealthy district, Lew-Port still has not seen a restoration of state revenue, losing millions due to the state Gap Elimination Adjustment, Roser said. This shifts education spending from the state to the local district, he said. But after deep cuts over the past six years, Roser believes the district is “doing OK” this year and is “righting the ship” with a budget that stays under the tax cap, cutting four positions, and it looks good to have a good fund balance at the end of the year.
Candidates (Elect 2):
• Keith Fox (i) 81, seeking a third term, a retired Niagara Falls social studies teacher.
• Lance Dickinson, 61, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, and former Jr. ROTC instructor at Lew-Port for three years.
Click here for more on the candidates, including their positions on key issues.
Total budget: $41,220,963, up 3.97 percent.
Percent of budget from property taxes: 57.8 percent.
Percent of budget from state aid: 34.4 percent.
Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $24.16 million, up 3.95 percent.
Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 4.42 percent.
Property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: Lewiston $24.54, up 3.67 percent, and Porter $20.62, up 1.29 percent.
• Spend a sum up to a maximum cost of $40,000 to purchase a delivery/cube-type truck and related equipment for the district maintenance program.
Polls open: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Community Resource Center at Lewiston-Porter, 4061, Creek Road, Youngstown.
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