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School board seats, budget on ballot in Batavia

BATAVIA – A newcomer, incumbent and former member are the only candidates for School Board seats when City School District voters go to the polls Tuesday

Jessica Maguire-Tomidy, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Genesee County, is a candidate in her first run for elective office. Leslie Johnson, who is a vice president of Nardin Academy in Buffalo, is seeking a full term after being appointed to the board last year. Andrew Pedro resigned from the board three years ago because of his heavy work and travel schedule. All are running unopposed.

Voters are also asked for approval of a $42.9 million budget with a 2 percent increase in the property tax rate. Overall spending in the fiscal year beginning July 1 would increase by $1 million.

The sale of a long-vacant 13-acre plot, once a site for a new school and later for an athletic field will, if approved, bring the district $150,000, a third more than its assessed value. A local developer wants to build housing in the upscale neighborhood.

A nonbinding resolution on an alternative veterans tax exemption would help the board in future discussion of the benefit for veterans who served in war time. One consideration is that the tax burden from the exemption would be shifted to non-veterans.

The district has four schools and 2,400 students. One elementary school, Robert Morris – which served the western part of the city – was closed last year and is now rented for other services.

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