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SCHOOL BOARD ADOPTS BUDGET IN LOCKPORT LAST-MINUTE CUTS TRIM OUTLAY TO $36,165,929

With $100,000 in last-minute cuts, the Lockport School Board Wednesday adopted a $36,165,929 budget for 1990-91 at a special meeting.

The spending plan is $164,428 less than the tentative budget that was discussed at a June 18 public hearing and is about 8.7 percent higher than the 1989-90 budget.

The tax rate per $1,000 of assessed valuation should be from 12 cents to 14 cents less than that in the earlier budget, according to estimates by Richard A. Hitzges, director of finance and management services.

Superintendent Kevin J. Colpoys said that the cuts included dropping one item from estimated transportation expenses and the remaining $30,000 was cut from the overall costs of maintenance and repair projects.

The transportation item involved the addition of a bus to a route that became crowded last year.

The new spending plan also restores $6,607 for the Lockport Public Library's budget.

Colpoys thanked the board for its co-operation during a closed session that preceded the 9:25 p.m. vote. He said a special Budget Committee will be formed to develop a 1991-92 spending plan.

Controversy about budget planning and involvement surfaced at Monday's meeting, when the board had been scheduled to, but balked at approving a spending plan.

In other business, the board:

Voted, 5-3, to approve a plan before the Niagara County Legislature that would give county school districts a share of sales tax revenues in excess of what the county expects to receive. The school districts' shares would be based on enrollment and attendance. Amounts would vary, depending on how much excess sales tax money is received by the county in a given year.

Approved new science and math textbooks for the high school.

Presented a certificate to Rodney Conrad Jr., outgoing board member, in recognition of his service on the board from July 1979 through the end of this month.

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