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SCHOOL BOARD ADOPTS CONTINGENCY PLAN; CHEEKTOWAGA-SLOAN BUDGET TRIMS TAX RATE BY 20

The Cheektowaga-Sloan School Board Wednesday adopted a contingency budget that cuts 20 cents off the tax rate that voters turned down last week.

The $10,037,265 austerity budget carries a tax rate of $19.46 per $1,000 of assessed valuation in the Cheektowaga section of the district and $20.47 in the West Seneca portion.

Those rates are up $1.61 per $1,000 for Cheektowaga and $1.69 for West Seneca residents over this year's budget.

Under the austerity budget, the district cannot spend money for equipment purchases, athletics and other extra-curricular activities, and transportation inside a two-mile radius for elementary school students and a three-mile radius for other schools.

Voters rejected a budget totaling $10,121,403 June 13 by a vote of 745-573. Under that budget, it was estimated taxes would have increased an average of $80.

District officials say only two budgets in the last 10 years have been approved by voters on the first ballot, but the district operated under an austerity budget just one of those years.

Superintendent James P. Mazgajewski said he did not know when or if the board would discuss holding another vote.

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