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BATAVIA SCHOOL BOARD OKS BUDGET PLAN TAX RATE TO INCREASE 8% TO $21.23 FOR CITY RESIDENTS

The Batavia Board of Education Tuesday night unanimously approved a $20 million budget the 1989-90 school year.

The proposed spending plan, which will be the subject of a public hearing June 13, is 9 percent more than the current $18,305,905 budget.

If approved, the budget would result in an 8 percent increase in school taxes paid by city residents, to $21.23 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, and a 14 percent hike for Town of Batavia property owners, to $19.87.

The tax rate for Town of Stafford residents would drop 78 cents.

The major increase is $698,000 in salaries for professional staff. An additional $415,000 would be required to finance retirement and other benefits. The budget also would provide for another guidance counselor at the senior high school and four custodial and clerical workers. The tax hike comes despite a $1,000,000 or 10 percent increase in state aid.

Of the total budget, $19,611,073 would be for school operations and $485,032 for the Richmond Memorial Library, which is financed in large part by the school district.

Only five of the seven Board of Education members were present for Tuesday's brief session.

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