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Iroquois calls for second lowest tax hike in a dozen years


What you need to know: The district’s $44,955,910 spending plan for 2014-15 calls for a tax levy increase of 3.14 percent – the second lowest hike in a dozen years. The proposed budget maintains current class sizes and keeps all academic, athletic and extra-curricular programs intact. A grade reconfiguration allowed for the reduction of an administrator and support staff. Other enrollment-driven reductions include about two and a half teaching positions. School officials have included a school resource officer in next year’s spending plan. Currently, the district shares an SRO with four districts. His salary is paid through a grant and he is on the Iroquois campus one day a week. An additional social worker also is budgeted.

Candidates (Elect 1):

• Charles Specht (i), 57, 1974 graduate of Iroquois High School and current board president

• Yvon Boulet, 24, Canisius college student, employed by Dial America Inc.

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

Total budget: $44,955,910, up 2.01 percent

Tax levy*: $26.92 million, up 3.14 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 3.14 percent

Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $41.09 in Aurora, up 3.1 percent; $343.87 in Elma, up 3.1 percent; $16.83 in Lancaster, up 3.1 percent; $36.63 in Marilla, up 3.1 percent; and $38.29 in Wales, up 3.1 percent.


• Purchase of four 62-passenger buses, one 20-passenger bus and two vans at a cost of $512,000.

• Spend $60,000 from the capital reserve fund to purchase hardware, software and connectivity equipment.

Polls open: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Intermediate School gymnasium on Girdle Road.

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

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