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Where we live: Lancaster

Lancaster

Voters head to the polls Tuesday in what is a very closely-watched School Board race and budget and capital project propositions - all of which have been overshadowed by the Redskins mascot issue.

Five people are vying for two board seats held by two incumbents, Wendy Buchert and Kimberly Nowak. Both are running for re-election against candidates Brenda Christopher, Wendy DellaNeve and Kelly Hughes Depczynski.

The budget proposition totals $99.94 million, reflecting a 2.57 percent spending increase. The tax levy increase is 1.83 percent, bringing the amount to be raised in taxes to $48.66 million.

A capital project of $57.3 million also is up for a vote, with $49.6 million as the base project and an additional $7.7 million targeting turf field and fieldhouse improvements that would only be done if the Lancaster Educational and Alumni Foundation raises $1 million to cover the local share of the cost of those two components. The district has said the project would not raise taxes.

A transportation proposal to replace eight, 65-passenger buses for $946,496 also is up for approval. That cost would be covered through money the district has set aside in its bus reserve fund.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the main gym of the High School, 1 Forton Drive.

This week:

• The Town Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday in a work session, followed by its regular session at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.

• The Town Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall.

• Erie County Legislator Ted Morton, R-Depew, invites residents to attend an Elder Abuse seminar at noon Thursday at the Lancaster Senior Center, 100 Oxford Ave., The seminar will address various forms of abuse that threaten senior citizens on a daily basis, and to provide valuable assistance to victims, family members or anyone with a concern.

The seminar is being presented by Morton and Joseph Chudoba, Domestic Violence advocate with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Domestic Violence Unit.

The seminar will review warning signs of abuse that are critical for all residents for be aware of. It will also educate attendees about where they can receive help if they are being victimized. More than 1,500 cases of elder abuse are reported in Erie County each year. Experts are reporting a rise in financial abuse, in addition to physical, verbal and other forms of abuse.

If you are a victim or are concerned someone you know is being victimized, please contact authorities. Your local police department or the Erie County Sheriff’s Office can assist, as well as Erie County Adult Protection Services Division, available at 858-6877.

• The Lancaster Village Board’s work session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday is canceled.

• The village Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway.