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WEST SENECA TO UNVEIL REVISED SCHOOL BUDGET

A revised school budget that carries no tax increase for West Seneca will be unveiled at 7:30 p.m. Monday when the West Seneca School Board meets at 7:30 p.m. in the West Middle School, 375 Center Road.

When the board discussed the tentative $71,158,740 budget March 16, four trustees were not pleased with the forecast tax hike of a fraction of
1 percent.

James Lawson, William Malczewski, Howard Avnet and James Sheehan all said that even though this was the lowest tax hike proposed in years, it would be better if no tax hike were involved.

"We trimmed about $300,000 from the original proposal, factored in a few things that are now before the board for their consideration, and came up with $70,859,206," said
Superintendent Richard Sagar.

"That number, plus added income from a commercial property that is now coming off the 10-year tax abatement, will result in a zero tax increase," he added.

West Seneca voters last year defeated the school budget twice before passing it.

This year, under new state law, a school budget may go to a second vote. If it fails, the district must go on a contingency budget that would exclude the purchase of equipment -- such as musical instruments -- and would forbid free use of any school properties by community or athletic organizations, but sports programs are now included in a contingency budget.

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