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District warned against dipping into reserves

YORKSHIRE -- Pioneer Central School officials are concerned that budget pressure will force them to dip further into reserve funds.

Nicholas J. Silvaroli, new district business administrator, presented his initial revenue budget overview for the 2006-07 school year to the School Board last week. Silvaroli said the state is shifting more of the burden for education to taxpayers.

He warned against allocating too much of Pioneer's reserve funds, which total about $4 million. Rather than use the funds to lower the tax levy, he said recurring expenses should be funded by more-stable revenue streams.

Pioneer school officials are working on developing the 2006-07 budget.


Legislators provide for public health trainee

LITTLE VALLEY -- The Cattaraugus County Legislature voted this week to establish a public health sanitarian position with an hourly salary of $20.40 to $24.42 for a two-year training period.

Public Health Director Barb Hastings explained that the position will be filled by one of her department's four sanitary technicians who will train for two years under Ray Jordan, the public health sanitarian who retired in January.

Jordan will return on a part-time basis to perform the required enforcement duties and to mentor the sanitarian-trainee.

Hastings said Jordan's retirement, promotion of the technician and hiring a new worker at a lower grade will save $11,000 in her department's budget.

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