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Your Schools, Your Vote: Everything you need to know before you go to the polls

Voting continues until 9 p.m. for suburban school budgets and school board candidates.

Has your school district's budget gone up? How much will you be paying in taxes? Who is running for your school board?

Here's a district by district rundown on everything you need to know about Tuesday's school board elections and budget votes in Erie and Niagara counties. Just click on your district's name.

Then click on the names of candidates to read what they have to say about why they're running for school board and what they think about the state of education in New York.

 

Akron - Alden - Amherst - Barker - Cheektowaga - Cheektowaga-Sloan - Clarence - Cleveland Hill - Depew - East Aurora - Eden - Frontier - Grand Island - Hamburg - Holland - Iroquois - Ken-Ton - Lackawanna - Lake Shore - Lancaster - Lewiston-Porter - Lockport - Maryvale - Newfane - Niagara Falls - Niagara-Wheatfield - North Collins - North Tonawanda - Orchard Park - Royalton-Hartland - Springville-Griffith Institute - Starpoint - Sweet Home - Tonawanda City - West Seneca - Williamsville - Wilson

See how much spending, local taxes and state aid have risen during the last 10 years in your district: Suburban spending in Erie and Niagara counties since 1995.

 


Akron

Candidates (Elect 2): Judith Bell, William Murty (i) and Daniel Caprio (i).

Total budget: $29,101,419, up 2.11 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 33 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 50 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $9,525,000, up 0.95 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 2.26 percent

Percentage of budget from state aid: 50 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $1,607

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $16.07 in Newstead, up 0.18 percent; $15.91 in Clarence, down 0.81 percent; $33.49 in Alden, up 4.39 percent; $18.38 in Royalton, down 1.02 percent; $18.38 in Lockport, down 1.02 percent; $18.95 in Alabama, down 0.99 percent; $18.38 in Pembroke, down 1.02 percent.

Polls open: Noon to 9 p.m. in the Akron Central High School gym, 47 Bloomingdale Avenue, Akron.

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Alden

Candidates (Elect 2): Ken Stoldt (i) and Jill Hopcia (i).

Total budget: $33,512,705, up 0.77 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 43.4 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 41.2 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $14,554,604

Tax levy change from 2014: no change

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 3.26 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $1,708

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $17.08 in Alden, down 55.24 percent (now at full value); $17.08 in Lancaster, down 5.7 percent; $38.82 in Marilla, down 5.7 percent; $17.08 in Newstead, down 5.8 percent; $19.32 in Darien, down 5.8 percent; $41.10 in Bennington, down 5.8 percent.

Propositions:

-Voters will be asked to approve the purchase of three 66-passenger buses, three 30-passenger buses and a Ford F-450 service vehicle at maximum cost of $528,000. The purchase will have no tax impact and expenses will be paid from existing voter approved capital reserve funds.

-Voters will be asked to approve a new capital reserve fund for buses, an amount not to exceed $1.8 million. The reserve would be funded with state transportation aid and would have no tax impact.

-Voters will be asked to approve the purchase of a rotary mower with snow blower and a three point rear mount PTO auger snow blower for the buildings and grounds department. The equipment will cost $95,000 and expenses will come from an existing voter approved capital reserve fund.

-A non-binding proposition on the veterans' tax exemption. The purpose of this proposition is to give the board of education public input on the exemption. Based on the current 2014-15 assessments and tax rates, non- eligible taxpayers would see an increase of 0.87 percent to their tax bills, according to the district.

Polls open: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Alden High School cafeteria, 13190 Park St, Alden.

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Amherst

Candidates (Elect 3): Paul Batt, Jeanne Ernst (i), Jodi Hitchcock, John McTigue, Daun Nicholas and Paul Steimle (i).

Total budget: $53,627,100, up 5.6 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 63.7 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 22.9 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $34,153,763, up 2.77 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 2.77 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $2,259

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $22.59, up 2.7 percent in Amherst

Proposition:

-Voters will be asked to approve a five-year transportation contract with the busing company, First Student, Inc.

Polls open: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the south gym of Amherst Central High School, 4301 Main St., Amherst.

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Barker

Candidates (Elect 3): Randall Atwater (i), Candice Gancasz, William Moffitt and Virginia Voss.

Total budget: $18,315,472, down 1.2 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 22.24 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 42.05 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $4,072,543, up 2 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 5.2 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $1,633

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $16.33 in Somerset, up 1.5 percent; $16.33 in Hartland, up 1.5 percent; $16.33 in Ridgeway, up 1.5 percent; $17.75 in Newfane, down 1.82 percent; $16.33 in Yates, up 1.5 percent.

Polls open: Noon to 8 p.m., Barker High School, 1628 Quaker Road, Barker.

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Cheektowaga

Candidates (Elect 2): Renee Wilson (i), Matthew Weigand, Myrlene Lee and Tamera Dixon.

Total budget: $40,115,190, down 2.03 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 57.25 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 31.35 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $22,965,481; up 0.66 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 0.66 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $1,731

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $17.31, up 2.78 percent

Proposition:

-Voters will be asked if the district shall continue to select a high school student to serve as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board of Education during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.

Polls open: Noon to 9 p.m. in the LGI (Band) Room, Music Wing, at Cheektowaga High School, 3600 Union Road, Cheektowaga.

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Cheektowaga-Sloan

Candidates (Elect 2): Debra Smith (i); David Vohwinkel; Jacqueline Kubisty and Zachary Smith.

Total budget: $33,155,711, down 1.96 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 45.9 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 43.8 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $15,232,624, up 0.95 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 3.74 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $3,305

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $33.05 in Cheektowaga, up 0.95 percent; $76.32 in West Seneca, up 0.94 percent

Propositions:

-Voters will be asked to establish a capital reserve fund to help finance future capital improvement projects.

-Voters will be asked to approve an ex-officio student representative on the board of education.

Polls open: Noon to 9 p.m. in the John F. Kennedy High School gymnasium, 305 Cayuga Creek Road, Cheektowaga.

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Clarence

Candidates (Elect 2): Michael Fuchs (i), Jacob Kerksiek, Joseph Lombardo and Dennis Priore.

Total budget: $75,392,337, up 3.86 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 58.45 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 30.3 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $44,068,450, up 3.84 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 4.78 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $1,537

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $15.37, up 3.85 percent

Proposition:

-Residents will vote on whether the district should purchase 12 school buses and a plow truck for an amount not to exceed $990,000.

Polls open: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the gym of Clarence High School, 9625 Main St., Clarence.

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Cleveland Hill

Candidates (Elect 2): John Catalino and Michael Montoro.

Total budget: $31,028,241; up 1.26 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 39.18 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 44.21 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $12,155,568, down 1 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 2.64 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $2,831

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $28.31, down 0.98 percent

Polls open: Noon to 9 p.m. in the high school auditorium foyer, 105 Mapleview Drive, Cheektowaga.

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Depew

Candidates (Elect 2): David Sheff (i) and Justin P. Young (i).

Total budget: $41,225,122, up 1.07 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 41.83 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 44.30 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $17,243,582, up 2.92 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 2.92 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $2,210

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $22.10 in Cheektowaga, up 2.92 percent; $22.10 in Lancaster, up 2.92 percent

Propositions:

-Voters will be asked to approve the purchase of one 66-passenger school bus, two 29-passenger school buses and one 29-seat school bus with three wheelchair seats using $269,004 of the district's vehicle purchase reserve fund.

-Voters will be asked if the district should adopt a veterans' tax exemption, allowing veteran residents of the district to be exempt from school property taxes. The proposition is non-binding.

Polls open: Noon to 9 p.m. in the library at Cayuga Heights Elementary School, 1780 Como Park Blvd, Depew.

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


East Aurora

Candidates (Elect 2): MaryBeth Covert (i), Kimberlee Danieu (i) and Douglas Crow.

Total budget: $30,941,070, down 0.43 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 61.2 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 26.0 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $18,962,486, up 2.56 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 2.56 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $1,512

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $37.80 in Aurora, up 2.5 percent; $35.16 in Colden, up 2.5 percent; $321.71 in Elma, up 2.5 percent.

Polls open: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Main Street Building Cafeteria, 430 Main St., East Aurora.

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Eden

Candidates (Elect 2): Jack Cuddihy, Jennifer Horschel and Steven Cerne.

Total budget: $26,994,111, up 2.26 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 50.28 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 36.63 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $13,571,363, up 2.22 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 2.22 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $1,929

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $30.15 in Eden, up 2.2 percent; $19.49 in Boston, up 2.2 percent; $41.95 in Concord, up 2.2 percent; $19.29 in Evans, up 2.2 percent; $19.29 in North Collins, up 2.2 percent.

Propositions:

-Voters will decide whether to authorize the purchase of three buses and related vehicles and the lease of three buses for no more than $450,000. The district may spend from the unappropriated fund balance and issue serial bonds.

-Voters will decide whether to authorize a circuit breaker replacement in the co-generation plant for no more than $20,000. The amount will be withdrawn from the district's repair reserve fund established in 2010 and will not affect the 2015-16 tax levy.

Polls open: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the junior-senior high school's foyer at 3150 Schoolview Road, Eden.

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Frontier

Candidates (Elect 3): David Patton (i), Larry Albert (i) and Martin Lalka (i).

Total budget: $77,032,339, up 3.7 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 48.1 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 40.8 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $36,996,183, up 2.1 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 2.12 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $1,501

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $26.52 in Hamburg, up 1.9 percent; $23.46 in Eden, up 1.9 percent

Proposition: Voters will be asked to approve spending up to $881,353 to purchase eight buses.

Polls open: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Hamburg Senior Community Center (former Frontier Learning Center), 4540 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg.

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Grand Island

Candidates (Elect 3): Joy LaMarca, Jeffrey Hassler, Glenn Bobeck (i), Takayuki Nobumoto, Ashli Sakura Dreher, Eric M. Soehnlein and Richard D'Agostino.

Total budget: $58,114,136, up 4.12 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 54 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 32 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $31,345,630, up 1.75 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 2.26 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $1,994

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $19.94, up 1.75 percent

Propositions:

-Voters will be asked to approve spending up to $650,000 to buy four buses, two wheelchair buses and two buildings and grounds vehicles.

-Voters will be asked to approve the Alternative Veterans' Exemption granting tax exemptions of $12,000 for wartime veterans, $20,000 for veterans serving in combat and $40,000 for veterans who sustained a service-related disability.

Polls open: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Grand Island High School Gym, 1100 Ransom Road, Grand Island.

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Hamburg

Candidates (Elect 3): Amy N. Brodfuehrer, Robbin D. List (i), Michael F. McGarry and Richard G. Schneider. Note: Elect two to two-year terms and one to a one-year term.

Total budget: $66,006,811, up 5.72 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 56 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 33 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $36,974,654, up 5.83 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 5.83 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $2,092

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $37.98 in Hamburg, up 6.71 percent

Polls open: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Hamburg Central High School gym, 4111 Legion Dr.

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Holland

Candidates (Elect 1): Gerald Vella and Janel Burke.

Total budget: $17,362,000, down 1.5 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 41.4 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 50 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $7,193,150, up 1.5 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 2.17 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $1,404

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $14.94 in Holland, up 1.49 percent; $35.13 in Aurora, up 1.53 percent; $32.66 in Colden, up 1.52 percent; $30.53 in Concord, up 1.52 percent; $24.64 in Sardinia, up 1.52 percent; $31.92 in Wales, up up 1.52 percent; $18.56 in Java, up 1.31 percent; $17.93 in Sheldon, up 1.29.

Propositions:

-Voters will be asked to approve the purchase of one 66-passenger bus at a maximum cost of $111,500, one wheelchair van at a maximum cost of $125,500, and two 30-passenger buses at a maximum cost of $48,500.

-Voters will be asked to approve the creation of a Building Capital Reserve Fund for the purpose of paying, in whole or in part, the costs of additions, alteration, renovations or other improvements to district buildings and facilities, the ultimate amount of such fund to be $2 million, the probable term to be five years. The sources from which the funds shall be obtained are derived from budgetary appropriations or other sources authorized by the voters.

Polls open: 6 a.m.to 9 p.m. in the Jr/Sr High School gymnasium, 103 Canada Street, Holland.

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Iroquois

Candidates (Elect 1): No declared candidates.

Total budget: $46,648,435, up 3.76 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 59.6 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 28.4 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $27,842,604, up 3.41 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 3.41 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $1,658

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $41.45 in Aurora, up 3.4 percent; $352.77 in Elma, up 3.4 percent; $16.58 in Lancaster, up, 3.4 percent;  $37.68 in Marilla, up 3.4 percent; $37.68 in Wales, up 3.4 percent

Propositions:

-Voters will be asked to approve spending $200,000 from the district's technology reserve fund to purchase computer hardware, software and connectivity equipment.

-Voters will be asked to approve purchasing four 62-passenger buses, two 20-passenger buses and one van at a maximum cost of $544,000, less trade-in value for obsolete buses.

Polls open: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Intermediate school gymnasium, 2111 Girdle Road, Elma.

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda

Candidates (Elect 1): Stephen G. Brooks (i) and Andrew Gianni.

Total budget: $155,195,885, up 2.23 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 51.06 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 34.46 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $79,236,785, up 2.48 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 2.48 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $2,181

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $47.42, up 2.48 percent

Propositions:

-Voters will be asked to approve spending $1,600,208 on new school buses.

-Voters will be asked to lower transportation eligibility limits. Students in K-4 would have to live at least 0.5 miles from school to be eligible for transportation; students in grades 5-7 would have to live 0.75 miles or greater; students in grades 8-12 would have to live 1 mile or greater. The changes would take effect for the 2016-17 school year.

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

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Lackawanna

Candidates (Elect 3): Leonard F. Kowalski (i), Robert C. Sireika (i), Mark Kowalski (i), John Makeyenko, Joshua Mendez, Nancy A. Parker

Total budget: $45,204,642, up 0.38 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 20.53 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 68.93 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $9,112,272, up 2 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 3.39 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $1,330

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: Homestead: $13.30, up 1.72 percent; Non-homestead: $30.98, up 1.21 percent

Polls open: Noon to 9 p.m. 1st Ward: 1st District, Bocce Court, 175 Madison Ave.; 2nd District, Willie Cotton Community Center, 52 Gates Ave.; 3rd & 4th District, St. Anthony’s Church, 306 Ingham Ave.; 5th District, Queen of Angel’s Church, 144 Warsaw St.; 2nd Ward: 1st & 5th District, VFW Weber Post, 2909 South Park Ave.; 2nd, 3rd & 4th District, Queen of Angel’s Church, 144 Warsaw St.; 3rd Ward: 1st, 2nd & 3rd District, McKinley School 245 South Shore Blvd.; 4th District, VFW Weber Post, 2909 South Park Ave.; 5th District, Ridgewood Village Co-Op Offices, 9 Winstead Rd.; 4th Ward: 1st District. Truman School, 15 Inner Dr.; 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th District, Senior Citizens Center, 230 Martin Road

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Lake Shore

Candidates (Elect 2): Jennifer Michalec (i), Richard Vogan (i) and Kathleen Chiavetta.

Total budget: $55,676,614, up 2.59 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 30.52 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 52.61 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $16,989,888, up 2.94 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 3.54 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $1,786

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $18.87 in Brant, up 2.95 percent; $27.71 in Eden, up 2.97 percent; $17.34 in Evans, up .64 percent.

Proposition:

-Voters will be asked to approve spending up to $540,142 to buy two 71-passenger buses, two 30-passenger buses, a dump truck, snow removal equipment and a used wheel loader.

Polls open: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the main lobby at Lake Shore High School, 959 Beach Road, Angola.

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Lancaster

Candidates: (Elect 2): Wendy Buchert (i); Kimberly Nowak (i); Brenda Christopher; Wendy A. DellaNeve; and Kelly Depczynski.

Total budget: $99,940,118, up 2.57 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 48.7 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 32.97 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $48,664,133, up 1.83 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 2.61 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $1,697

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $16.97 in Lancaster, up 1.74 percent; $16.97 in Cheektowaga, up 1.74 percent; $361.34 in Elma, up 1.83 percent

Propositions:

-Voters are being asked to approve a $57.31 million capital project that would address health and safety issues, and basic maintenance repairs and facility upgrades district-wide. The base project is $49.6 million, plus $7.7 million in athletic and music facility upgrades that would be carried out only if the Lancaster Educational and Alumni Foundation (LEAF) is successful in raising $1 million.

-Voters will be asked to approve a transportation proposal to replace eight, 65-passenger buses for $946,496. All buses would be paid for by money set aside in the district's Bus Reserve Fund, resulting in no impact to taxpayers.

Polls open: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in main gym of Lancaster Central High School, 1 Forton Drive.

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Lewiston-Porter

Candidates (Elect 3): Michael Skowronski (i), Cindy Duke (i), Marcia Dorian, Lance McGlynn, Gabriela McCann. Note: Two terms of three years each and one term of slightly more than two years, which was open due to the passing of a board member last summer.

Total budget: $41,707,564, up 1.18 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 59.73 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 38.27 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $24,913,504, up 2.95 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 4.39 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $1,826

Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $24.96 in Lewiston, up 1.59 percent; $20.75 in Porter, up 0.44 percent

Polls open: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Community Resource Center on the Lewiston-Porter campus, 4061 Creek Road, Youngstown

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Lockport

Candidates (Elect 3): John A. Linderman (i), Thomas W. Fiegl (i) and Kevin W. Pratt (i).

Total budget: $90,868,309, up 5.26 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 40.47 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 49.81 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $36,776,266, up 2.03 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 2.03 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $2,633

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $26.33 in City of Lockport, up 2.01 percent; $26.26 in Town of Lockport, up 2.02 percent; $26.62 in Cambria, up 1.99 percent; $27.80 in Pendleton, up 2.02 percent.
Polls open: 12 noon to 9 p.m. Towns and city 1st Ward at Lockport High School, 250 Lincoln Ave.; 2nd Ward at district office, 130 Beattie Ave.; 3rd Ward at Anna Merritt Elementary School, 389 Green St.; 4th Ward at Charles Upson Elementary School, 28 Harding Ave.; 5th Ward at Roy B. Kelley Elementary School, 610 E. High St.

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Maryvale

Candidates (Elect 2): Tammy McCarthy (i) and Brian Pilarski running for one five-year term. Cindy Strong and Andrew Godfrey running for one three-year vacancy.

Total budget: $40,962,059, up 6.84 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 48.47 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 39.65 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $19,854,462, up 2.49 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 2.49 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $1,810

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: 18.10, up 3.25 percent

Propositions:

-Voters will be asked to authorize the district to enter into a contract for busing with First Student.

-Voters will be asked if they favor the district offering the Alternative Veterans Exemption to veterans of the district. Maximum allowable exemptions would be $6,000 for wartime vets, $4,000 for combat zone vets and $20,000 for disabled vets. The vote is non-binding, which means the district does not have to act in accordance with how the vote turns out.

Polls open: Noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, in the gym at the Robert A. Binner Educational Center (High School (9-10) building), 1050 Maryvale Drive, Cheektowaga.

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Newfane

Candidates (Elect 2): Laura Licht and Cheryl Wentland.

Total budget: $33,616,363, down 1 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 39 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 55 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $13,025,928, no change

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 1.8 percent

Candidates: (Elect 2): Laura Licht and Cheryl Wentland.

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $2,847

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $28.47 in Newfane, 0 percent change; $26.19 in Lockport, 0 percent change; $26.45 in Cambria, 0 percent change; $29.10 in Wilson, 0 percent change.

Polls open: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Newfane Elementary School, 2909 Transit Road

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Niagara Falls

Candidates (Elect 2): Kevin A. Dobbs (i), Colene A. Melson and Russell J. Petrozzi (i).

Total budget: $133,605,602, up 5.73 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 20 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 74.9 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $25,828,989, no change

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: -1.35 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $1,952

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $19.52, up 1.2 percent

Polls open: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 22 polling sites across the city.

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Niagara-Wheatfield

Candidates (Elect 2): Steve Sabo (i) and Richard Sirianni (i).

Total budget: $67,965,701, up 5.18 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 47.2 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 45.3 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $32,069,386, up 2.2 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 2.2 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 47.2 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 45.3 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $2,439

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: Town of Niagara, $30.79 (homestead), up 3.95 percent; $41.39 (non-homestead), up 4.05 percent; Wheatfield $25.80 (homestead), up 1.18 percent; $35.15 (non-homestead) up 1.24 percent; Lewiston, $23.01 (homestead), up 3.18 percent; $30.90 (non-homestead) up 3.21; Cambria, $17.95 (homestead), 0.34 percent; $23.99 (non-homestead), up 0.42 percent.

Polls open: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Adult Learning Center, 2292 Saunders Settlement Road

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


North Collins

Candidates (Elect 1): Brandi LoBianco.

Total budget: $15,514,445, up 1.79 percent.

Portion of budget from property taxes: 33.8 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 50 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $5,249,933, up 1.62 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 1.62 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $2,183

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $21.83 in North Collins, up 0.98 percent

Propositions:

-Voters will be asked to approve the purchase of school buses or other vehicles for no more than $275,000 from the bus and vehicle reserve fund. The number of buses or other vehicles is not specified. The transportation or custodial departments would use the vehicles.

-Voters will be asked to approve adding a non-voting student member to the school board.

Polls open: Noon to 9 p.m. in the junior-senior high school's gymnasium at 2045 School St.

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


North Tonawanda

Candidates (Elect 4): Cheryl McMahon (i), Dorothy Dotti Kuebler (i), Ken Craig, Colleen Angelhow, John Zloty and Michele Golding. Note: Three seats for three-year terms and one for a two-year term.

Total budget: $70, 548,964, up 3.10 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 38.76 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 51.04 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $27,338,052, no change

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 1.89 percent

*Estimated axes on $100,000 home (market value): $2,000

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $21.74, 0 percent change

Proposition:

-A non-binding advisory proposition asks voters if they support a veteran’s exemption. The three-tier plan - if subsequently approved by the school board ΓÇô would give non-combat wartime veterans an exemption of $6,000 off their home’s assessment, thus lowering their tax rate; combat veterans an additional $4,000 for a total of $10,000; and disabled veterans an additional $10,000 or $20,000 off the assessed value of their home. The school tax levy does not change, but shifts where the money comes from.

Polls open: Noon to 9 p.m. in the Alumni Center at the Niagara Falls High School, 405 Meadow Dr.

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Orchard Park

Candidates (Elect 2): Donna Omar (i), Elizabeth Quinlan (i), Lesley Farrell, Kathleen Fleig-Clayback and Karen Kane.

Total budget: $91,474,440, up 2.56 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 65 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 25 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $59,211,985, up 3.65 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 3.65 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $1,910

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $33.51 in Orchard Park, up 2.6 percent; $47.75 in Aurora, up 2.6 percent; $19.29 in Boston, up 2.6 percent; $406.4155 in Elma, up 2.6 percent; $33.75 in Hamburg, up 2.6 percent; $44.53 in West Seneca, up 2.6 percent.

Proposition:

-Voters will be asked to approve the purchase of eight school buses for up to $760,000.

Polls open: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the gym at Orchard Park High School, 4040 Baker Road

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Royalton-Hartland

Candidates (Elect 2): Carrie Choate and Chad Owen.

Total budget: $22,975,776, up 2.7 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 42.8 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 48.8 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $9,841,700, up 2.1 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 2.1 percent

*Estimated axes on $100,000 home (market value): $2,283

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $22.83 in Royalton, up 2.1 percent; $22.83 in Hartland, up 2.1 percent; $22.83 in Lockport, up 2.1 percent; $22.83 in Ridgeway, up 2.1 percent; $22.83 in Shelby, up 2.1 percent; $23.54 in Alabama, up 2.1 percent.

Polls open: Noon to 8 p.m. in the gym at Royalton-Hartland High School, 54 State St., Middleport.

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Springville-Griffith Institute

Candidates (Elect 3): Joan Kelly, Jeremiah Wallace Kane, Garret English, Tyler Sullivan and Beth Casey.

Total budget: $36,344,501, up 0.57 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 42 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 50 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $15,378,653; up 1.50 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 1.496 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $1,744

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $37.91 in Concord, up 2.78 percent

Proposition:

-Voters will decide whether to authorize the purchase of four 66-passenger buses and two 16-passenger buses. The maximum cost will be $515,212. State aid may fund a large portion of the expense.

Polls open: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the high school library, 290 N. Buffalo St.; Colden Elementary School, 8263 Boston-Colden Road, and Collins Center Fire Hall,3514 Main St, Collins Center.

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Starpoint

Candidates (Elect 3): Mark Ewart (i), Gregory Saraf (i), James Colton and Anthony Perez.

Total budget: $49,400,852, up 3.46 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 49 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 40 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $27,195,846, up 2.59 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 3.95 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $2,219

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $22.41 in Cambria, up 1.04 percent; $22.19 In Lockport, up 1.09 percent; $23.60 in Pendleton, up 1.07 percent; $32.16 in Wheatfield, up 1.07 percent.

Polls open: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in High School music room at 4363 Mapleton Road

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Sweet Home

Candidates (Elect 2): Michael F. Morrow (i) and Carol Nowak (i).

Total budget: $71,919,666, up 2.35 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 60 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 27.3 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $42,968,153, up 3.53 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 3.65 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $1,497

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $14.97 in Amherst, up 2.89 percent; $34.32 in Tonawanda, up 8.81 percent

Proposition:

-Voters will be asked to approve the purchase of four full-size school buses and one, 30-passenger mini-bus at a cost of $492,000.

Polls open: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Vergils Community Center, 1901 Sweet Home Road

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Tonawanda City

Candidates (Elect 2): Brooke Kasprzak and Heather L. Sternin.

Total budget: $31,093,314, up 1.23 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 37 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 53 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $11,675,351, up 1.28 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 1.28 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $1,757

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $17.57, up 1.27 percent

Proposition:

-District residents will vote on whether the district should consider a resolution to apply the Alternative Veterans' Tax Exemption in the amounts of $6,000/$10,000/$20,000, and the Gold Star parent exemption effective in the 2016-17 fiscal year. The vote is non-binding and advisory.

Polls open: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the wellness gym at Tonawanda High School, 150 Hinds St., City of Tonawanda.

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


West Seneca

Candidates (Elect 2): Rodney Montgomery, Gwendolyn Phillips (i), Edmund Bedient and Mary Busse (i).

Total budget: $112,500,677, up 3.37 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 51.90 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 39.2 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $58,390,170, up 5.87 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 5.87 percent

*Estimated axes on $100,000 home (market value): $1,806

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $42.09 in West Seneca, up 5.34 percent; $18.05 in Cheektowaga, up 5.34 percent; $31.68 in Orchard Park, up 5.34 percent; $31.90 in Hamburg, up 5.34 percent

Proposition:

-Residents will vote on authorizing the district to spend $571,528 from the existing bus purchase capital reserve fund to buy one 28-passenger bus and five 65-passenger buses. The purchases will not impact the 2015-16 tax levy.

Polls open: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the gym at East Senior High School, 4760 Seneca St., West Seneca

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Williamsville

Candidates (Elect 3): Shawn P. Lemay, Toni L. Vazquez (i), Sam Alba, Jay Smith (i), Robert Campo, Michael Littman (i) and Mark Mecca.

Total budget: $178,199,516, up 2.44 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 65.05 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 21 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $115,922,080, up 2.24 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 2.34 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $1,941

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $19.41, up 2.3 percent

Propositions:

-Residents will vote on a $23 million proposal for district-wide facility improvements, which will include a list of projects at buildings throughout the district such as replacing roofs and renovating auditoriums. The project is not expected to increase the 2015-16 tax rate or future tax rates.

-Residents will vote on a $22.4 million proposal to add artificial turf athletic fields at each of the district’s three high schools. The project is not expected to increase the 2015-16 tax rate or future tax rates.

-Residents will vote on a $4.6 million proposal to add lavatories at the athletic fields at each of the district’s three high schools, as well as concessions and lighting at East and North high schools. This proposition has an estimated tax rate increase of 7 cents per $1,000 of the assessed value of a property.

Polls open: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the gym at Williamsville North High School, 1595 Hopkins Road

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

 


Wilson

Candidates (Elect 2): Christopher Carlin (i), Donald DeLisi, Christine Hannam, Linda Hurley and Judith Ornella.

Total budget: $24,919,321, up 1.6 percent

Portion of budget from property taxes: 45 percent

Portion of budget from state aid: 53 percent

Tax levy (total amount to be raised through property taxes): $11,198,000, up 1.8 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 3.1 percent

*Estimated taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $2,439

*Estimated property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value: $27.10 in Wilson, up 2.84 percent; $24.65 in Cambria, up 2.86 percent; $26.51 in Newfane, up 2.83 percent; $25.95 in Porter, up 2.84 percent.

Polls open: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the auditorium at Wilson High School, 374 Lake St.

Note: * Estimated tax rates are based on the total taxable value and equalization rate. Final tax rates are established in August. Estimated tax bill does not include STAR.

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