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Four positions cut through retirements in Amherst budget


What you need to know: The district wants to raise taxes to what’s allowed under the state-mandated tax cap, while using more than $915,000 in reserves to help plug holes. While programming remains intact, retirements will allow the district to cut four positions, resulting in the elimination of one teaching position at each of the two elementary schools.

The two candidates receiving the largest number of votes will be elected to a three-year term. Four candidates, two of them incumbents, are running for two seats. The candidate receiving the third-most votes will fill an unexpired two-year term.

Candidates (Elect 3):

• AnnMarie Carosella (i), 54, a scientist at the University at Buffalo’s Department of Medicine and mother of two

• Lorry Goldhawk, 39, a human resources consultant and mother of two

• James Gramkee, 56, a certified public accountant and father of two

• Illana Lane (i), 46, dean of the School of Education at Medaille College and mother of two.

Click here for more on the candidates, including their positions on key issues.

Total budget: $50,773,367, up 2.63 percent

Tax levy: $33,234,186, up 2.07 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 2.07 percent

Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $22.03, up 2.09 percent


• Authorize the transfer of $400,000 from district’s unrestrictive fund balance to the district’s repair reserve fund. District proposes using the money to repair its aging track and artificial turf.

Polls open: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the south gym at Amherst High School, 4301 Main St.

For complete coverage and results of the election, come to on Tuesday night.

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