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RECORD SCHOOL BUDGET APPROVED IN BATAVIA $21.5 MILLION SPENDING PLAN CARRIES A TAX RATE HIKE OF $2.29 IN CITY

The City School Board Tuesday approved a record $21.5 million budget that will raise taxes an estimated 9.9 percent.

Board Vice President Patrick D. Burk cast the sole dissenting vote to the plan, which drew strong public opposition.

The 1990-91 budget reflects a $1.5 million spending increase -- most of which is for teachers' salaries -- and adds $880,000 to the tax levy.

City residents face a tax increase of $2.29 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The current rates are $22.97 in the city, $22.55 in the Town of Batavia and $18.49 in the Town of Stafford.

The new rate would be $24.80 in the Town of Batavia and $20.33 in the Stafford area. A districtwide property revaluation could change the final tax rate, which will not be known until late summer. However, Theodore R. Surowka, school business administrator, said most property owners would pay "about 10 percent more."

Most of the opposition to the budget stemmed from a 31 percent pay increase for teachers in a three-year contract ratified last year.

The board Tuesday also approved the purchase of an 11-acre site off River Street for a proposed 500-pupil elementary school.

The $175,000 purchase price will come from proceeds of the sale of Brooklyn School, which served the same area, and from a contingency fund. It will not affect the new budget, according to Schools Superintendent David H. Van Scoy. Van Scoy said a referendum on the building project -- estimated to cost $8.1 million -- probably will be held in late fall.

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