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Voters in the Lewiston-Porter Central School District will cast ballots on a proposed 1998-99 budget of $27,623,707, up 1.86 percent from this year's budget. Tax increases in Lewiston and Porter are both projected at less than 3 percent.

Several cuts were made to the proposed budget by a community committee just days before adoption by the board.

"The committee met for several months and made reductions including cutting $70,000 from a capital project, limiting the purchase of textbooks and new equipment as well as reductions in the area of special education," Superintendent Walter S. Polka said.

The tax levy will be $15,256,917, up $467,107 or 3.2 percent from this year's levy of $14,789,810.

The projected tax rates in Lewiston are: $19.38 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, up 52 cents or 2.76 percent from the current rate of $18.86 per $1,000. In Porter, the projected rate would be $18.99 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, up 55 cents or 2.99 percent from the current rate of $18.44 per $1,000.

Voters also will be asked to decide on a proposition that would allow the Board of Education to establish a capital reserve fund with a maximum balance of $750,000 for future construction, reconstruction or repair. Monies added to this account may be applied over a period of 20 years and may not be spent without taxpayer approval.

There are six candidates running for four open seats. The top three vote-getters will receive three-year terms and the fourth will fill the unexpired one-year term of Sally Quaranta, who resigned after she was incapacitated by a stroke.

Candidates are:

President Heather A. DeCastro, who is finishing her third year as a member of the board.

Vice President William Johnson, who also is completing his third year on the board.

Trustee Franklyn M. Collins, who has served 13 years on the board in the last 20 years.

Mark R. Shea, a Lewiston-Porter graduate and former school coach.

Stuart A. Pryce, a former director of recreation for the Village of Youngstown and a former wrestling coach at the school for 10 years, who recently was dismissed as wrestling coach because a teacher took over the job.

Margaret S. Laurie, a retired English professor.

Polls will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m Tuesday in the South Building on the Lewiston-Porter campus, 4061 Creek Road.

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