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Alden School Board to vote on veteran’s tax exemption

The Alden School Board resolved Thursday night to vote on a proposed veterans tax exemption during its next meeting.

The proposition is the result of a 2013 New York State law allowing school districts to opt in to a plan that exempts veterans from paying full school taxes. There are three alternate versions of the plan, each allowing for a different level of exemption.

“The board has to decide if we are going to approve it, and if we do, which level we are going to approve,” Superintendent Adam Stoltman said. “There are three levels.”

According to an Alden Central Schools website, 123 veterans living in the school district are eligible for the full exemption. If each one of those individuals received the full combat veterans exemption, there would be a near $2 million decrease in taxable assessed value for the district.

The board will discuss the issue before voting on it at the Sept. 29 meeting.

Alden’s announced districtwide enrollment for the 2015-16 school year is 1,698, down slightly from previous years. According to Stoltman, the decrease is small enough that there won’t be any significant decrease in financial aid from New York State. Despite the overall decrease, the kindergarten class ended up 19 pupils larger than anticipated.

The board also approved the following items at Thursday’s meeting:

• The resignation of three district employees

• The hire of two support staff employees, six coaches and advisers and 21 substitute appointments.

• Accepted a total of $850 in donations from Neat Repeats of Alden Presbyterian Church and Northrop Grumman.

• Approved Allgaier Construction Corp. as the most responsible bidder for the district’s Capital Outlay Project. The project will involve replacing the entryway on the north side of the playground near the middle school.