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SWEET HOME VOTERS OK SCHOOL BUDGET

Sweet Home School District voters Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a $35.1 million budget for the 1993-94 school year that will raise the tax rate by 2.1 percent, the lowest increase in five years. The vote was 587 to 240.

A $323,586 proposition to purchase seven buses also passed, by a 618-220 vote. That will result in a slight decrease from the 1992-93 bus purchase tax rate for residential and commercial taxpayers.

Board Vice President John H. Radens, who ran unopposed, was elected to a second, five-year term with 605 votes.

The budget, up 3.7 percent from this year, includes two additional elementary teachers, enhanced math and science instruction, funding for previously negotiated teacher raises, more staff development and strategic planning.

Savings were made by reorganizing the school nursing program, eliminating a high school administrative position and starting a class for five elementary-age special education pupils for whom the district currently pays private school tuition.

Amherst residents will pay $14.63 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, a 35-cent hike.

The tax rate for residents living in the Town of Tonawanda will be $15.27 per $1,000, a difference of 26 cents.

The tax rate on commercial properties would increase 51 cents in Amherst and 37 cents in the Town of Tonawanda.

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