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BUDGET INCLUDES 4.26% TAX HIKE

Taxpayers in the Silver Creek School District will see a 4.26 percent tax increase for the 2005-06 school budget.

On Wednesday, board members approved a $17.01 million spending plan. Programs, including instruction and instructional salaries, account for 79.37 percent of the whole plan at $13.02 million. The capital budget was increased 13.14 percent and the administrative budget was $1.18 million.

District Business Officer Dennis Corsaro said the increase would mean about $49 more in taxes for a Hanover resident with a home assessed at $60,000. He said a Sheridan resident could pay about $57 more.

Corsaro said it was difficult to plan the rate precisely due to the lack of final assessments and state equalization rates for the school district.

Voting on the budget is scheduled May 17.

Voters will also decide whether to purchase a bus and van for $111,000.

There will also be a proposition to acquire 1.34 acres next to the school bus garage and across from the main entrance to the high school building for $18,000.

School Superintendent Gordon Salisbury said there are no specific plans for use of the land but that the purchase will allow the district to control construction on a site that is so close to campus. There are no buildings on the parcel. He said there have been suggestions to use the land for more parking.

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