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Williamsville tax levy would rise by 2.24 percent under draft school budget

The tax levy would rise by 2.24 percent – just under the state cap of 2.26 percent – under the draft 2018-19 budget for the Williamsville Central School District.

The draft budget would increase spending by 3 percent from the current school year but district officials still must close a $1.3 million deficit.

School Board members and district officials reviewed the draft budget at a work session Tuesday night.

Spending would rise to $191.7 million, an increase of $5.6 million driven by contractual pay raises for district employees and other mandated expenses. Another $2 million initially eyed for new programs is no longer included.

The draft budget anticipates a $1.6 million increase in state aid and a $2.7 million tax levy hike.

Administrators now must consider possible cuts, said Williamsville Superintendent Scott Martzloff.

The School Board will review a preliminary budget March 13. The board is expected to adopt the 2018-19 budget April 10 and residents can vote on it May 15.

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