What you need to know: The Niagara Falls School District continues to face financial pressures on its budget. Some School Board members proposed trying to increase the tax levy in the proposed 2014-15 budget, fearing there may be a need for a larger tax increase next year without it. The budget proposal utilizes $2.7 million in “one-time” revenues, meaning those funds won’t be available next year and placing the district in a budgetary hole. Superintendent Cynthia A. Bianco said the district doesn’t have a spending problem, it has a revenue problem.
Candidates (Elect 2):
• Angela J. Bray, 34, a self-employed disability-rights advocate.
• Steven P. DiNieri, 46, owns Precision Auto on Niagara Falls Boulevard and teaches at Erie Community College.
• Ken Hamilton, 61, a retired chemical operator at Olin Corp. and freelance columnist for the Niagara Gazette.
• Arthur L. Jocoy Jr (i), 46, owns Jocoy’s Collision on Packard Road.
• Nicholas S. Vilardo (i), a retired Niagara Falls Fire Department battalion chief.
• Thomas R. Vitello Sr., 63, a former teacher and coach in the district; also a former employee of the Niagara Falls Water Board.
Click here for more on the candidates, including their positions on key issues.
Total budget: $126,363,144; up 1.86 percent.
Percent of budget from property taxes: 21.2 percent.
Percent of budget from state aid: 73 percent.
Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $2.83 million, no increase.
Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 0.
Property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $19.23, down 0.05 percent.
Polls open: Noon to 9 p.m. at various polling sites.
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