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Wilson School Board to hold public hearing on proposed budget

WILSON – The Wilson School Board will hold a public hearing on its proposed $24.9 million budget for 2015-16 at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Wilson High School auditorium, 374 Lake St.

The proposed budget is up 1.6 percent over the current budget.

The district will continue to share its superintendent, Michael Wendt, with the Newfane School District, in an effort to cut costs.

“Operational efficiencies” also have contributed to keeping the budget increase down, officials noted.

The tax levy of $11,198,000 in the proposed budget is up 1.8 percent over the current budget, below the 3.1 percent tax cap allowed.

Wendt said, “I am thankful for the hard work of the Wilson Board of Education and ... the administrative team for bringing forth the 2015-16 budget.

“We’ve attained goals set forth by the board last August, which minimize the impact on programs while further addressing budget growth and taxes,” Wendt said.

“This budget-to-budget increase of 1.6 percent and tax levy increase of 1.8 percent recognizes the need to limit budget growth and stay under the tax cap. My hope is that residents support the 2015-16 budget on May 19.”

Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 19 in the high school.

Residents also will elect candidates to fill two seats. The candidates are: incumbent Christopher Carlin, Donald DeLisi, Christine Hannam, Linda Hurley and Judith Ornella. Michael Leggett, the board’s current vice president, is not running for re-election.