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Ken-Ton whittles down budget gap

Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda

What you need to know: A budget season that started with Ken-Ton officials looking at a $7 million budget gap ended with a proposed spending plan that spared cuts to classroom programs. Assistant Superintendent for Finance Gerald J. Stuitje said several factors helped reduce the projected deficit – including better refined estimates for employee benefits, additional state aid and the use of $9.8 million of fund balance and reserves in the budget. The district hopes to taper down the use of fund balance and reserves in future years, Stuitje said. The district also refinanced one of its bonds for additional savings, he said.

Candidates (Elect 2):

• Jason Crosby, 44, a computer programmer for the University at Buffalo School of Medicine

• Donette Darrow, 61, owner and operator of 2 Liberty Tax Services

• Joseph Doherty, 29, English teacher at Sweet Home High School

• Annemarie Gibson, 49, third-grade teacher in the Hamburg School District

• Jill O’Malley, 39, biology professor at Erie Community College

• Jeffrey S. Rickan (i), 51, self-employed business owner

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

Total budget: $151,811,842, up 1.88 percent

Tax levy*: $77.32 million, up 2.75 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 2.75 percent

Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $46.31, up 2.75 percent


• Spend up to $685,000 on four 65-passenger buses and four 29-passenger buses.

Polls open: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Hoover Middle School, 249 Thorncliff Road.

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