What you need to know: Increased state aid allowed Sweet Home officials to add enrichment programs and math intervention programs back into the proposed budget. The school district also has one of the area’s highest tax caps for the 2014-15 school year because of the number of commercial properties that had tax abatements from the Amherst Industrial Development agency that are scheduled to end next year. Eighteen properties will shift from a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes program to paying full property taxes, according to the school district. That revenue – which will increase the district’s total tax levy – is one of the exclusions allowed under the state’s calculation for a district’s tax cap.
Candidate (Elect 1):
• Dirk D. Rabenold (i), 59, is an investment advisor and certified financial planner
Click here for more information on Rabenold, including his position on key issues: http://elections.buffalonews.com/electionresults/com/30
Total budget: $69,826,451, up 2.44 percent
Tax levy*: $41.06 million, up 6.07 percent
Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 6.08 percent
Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $14.55 in Amherst, up 1.6 percent; and $31.58 in Town of Tonawanda, up 3.8 percent
• Spend $442,000 for four buses.
Polls open: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Vergils Community Center of Sweet Home High School, 1901 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.
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