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18 Chautauqua districts to vote Tuesday

MAYVILLE – Ten Chautauqua County school districts will have their elections Tuesday run by the Board of Elections this year. The remaining eight will have local representatives process ballots.

The Bemus Point, Cassadaga Valley, Chautauqua Lake, Forestville, Panama, Pine Valley, Ripley, Sherman, Silver Creek and Jamestown City school districts will use the county Board of Elections for voting services.

Nearly 40,000 school district voters and more than 50 percent of eligible county voters will be offered Election Day service via paper ballots on the optical scan system used by the county.

Voters can visit and see the “sample ballots” to review the candidates and ballot propositions for the school districts before the election.

Several districts are requesting voter permission to set up reserve funds for capital or transportation spending in the future. Most school board members are unopposed, though write-in votes are accepted for school board candidates.

All 18 districts have all proposed budgets that are lower than the tax cap. Budgets to be decided in the election are:

Bemus Point, $12.9 million; Brocton, $16.8 million; Cassadaga, $20 million; Chautauqua Lake, $21.4 million; Clymer, $10.1 million; Dunkirk, $41.1 million; Falconer, $21.6 million; Forestville, $11.7 million; Fredonia, $30.6 million; and Frewsburg, $16.9 million.

Also, Jamestown, $77.6 million; Panama, $12.7 million; Pine Valley, $15.8 million; Ripley, $9.1 million; Sherman, $9.5 million; Silver Creek, $22.4 million; Southwestern $26.5 million; and Westfield, $15 million.

Voting requirements include a minimum age of 18 and residency within the district. The times to cast ballots vary countywide. For time and location, voters should check their district website or call the County Clerk’s Office at 753-4331.