What you need to know: School officials had to make about $1.5 million in cuts, including the elimination of about 10 positions, in order to meet the tax cap. Administrators blamed increased pension and health insurance costs, along with the failure of previous boards to raise taxes since 2010 while the district lost an estimated $20 million in revenue for the dilemma. In addition, they said the use of low equalization rates in the four towns makes the various tax rates look artificially high.
Candidates (Elect 3):
• Dana Andrews, 48, tax accountant.
• Christopher Peters, (i), 46, sales representative.
• Richard Halleen (i), 42, manager of Halleen Motor Sales.
• Gina Terbot, 46, practice manager at Sheridan Animal Hospital.
• Daniel Haick, 33, college professor and high school teacher.
• Darren Sneed, 49, retired from U.S. Army, employed at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel.
Click here for more on the candidates, including their positions on key issues.
Total budget: $64,616,391, up 3.6 percent.
Percent of budget from property taxes: 48.5 percent.
Percent of budget from state aid: 44.7 percent.
Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $31,384,323, up 4.78 percent.
Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 4.8 percent.
Property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $29.74 in Niagara, up 3.78 percent; $25.57 in Wheatfield, up 5.28 percent; $22.35 in Lewiston, up 5.09 percent; and $17.85 in Cambria, 4.83 percent.
• Creation of a capital reserve fund of $2 million to support transportation costs such as the purchase of new buses. The vote is only on the creation of the account, not the deposit of any funds into it.
Polls open: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the adult learning center on Saunders Settlement Road.
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