What you need to know: District officials said that although a budget deficit of $765,681 was expected when the 2014-15 Starpoint Central School District budget was being formulated, a number of cost-saving steps has enabled them to present a budget that is only 2.57 percent more than this year and reflects a property tax hike of less than 1.6 percent. Some of the steps taken over the last four years include not replacing about 29 positions, refinancing existing debt, maintaining a self-insurance fund, generating savings through an extensive energy program and bringing special-education classes back in-house. As a result, the average tax increase since 2001 has been 1.23 percent.
Candidates (Elect 3):
• Brett Lombardo (i), 44, systems engineer.
• Joseph Miller (i), 50, sales manager for Veraview.
• Eugene Stanwich, 65, retired.
• Thomas Wrate, 41, business owner.
• Jeffrey Duncan, 41, service account engineer.
• Jason Madden, 34, administrator with Buffalo Public Schools.
Click here for more on the candidates, including their positions on key issues.
Total budget: $47,749,900, up 2.57 percent.
Percent of budget from property taxes: 55.52 percent.
Percent of budget from state aid: 38.4 percent.
Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $26.51 million, up 2.7 percent.
Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 2.7 percent.
Property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $22.51 in Cambria; $22.51 in Lewiston; $23.45 in Pendleton; $24.47 in Royalton; and $32.16 in Wheatfield.
• Advisory proposition to accept the veterans alternative exemption proposal.
Polls open: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. in the Middle School gymnasium.
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