Throughout Wyoming County, voters will cast ballots Tuesday on school budgets strapped by decreasing state aid and calling for increases in local tax levies.
School board elections are being contested in all but one district.
ATTICA CENTRAL SCHOOLS
The contest for two School Board seats has drawn six candidates: Daniel Norcross, former Attica police chief; Donald Mitzel; James Beitz; Joseph Meyer; Joseph Krauss and Stephen Perl.
Attica's $21.1 million proposed general budget calls for a 16 cent increase in the tax rate, which this year was $15.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
The district also will put three propositions before voters.
A $338,641 proposition calls for retaining 14 full- and part-time staff and faculty positions, which would be eliminated if the proposition fails. Its approval would add 84 cents to the tax rate.
A second $375,886 proposition would provide for extracurricular activities, varsity, junior varsity and modified sports, and late school bus service. The proposal would raise the tax rate by 93 cents.
The third proposition, for $28,000, would provide transportation within "safe hazard zones" -- within two miles of the school for pupils in kindergarten through eighth grade and three miles for student in ninth through 12th grade.
School officials described safe hazard zones as areas within the two- to three-mile walking distances from schools that are considered unsafe for walkers because of such factors as higher speed zones or lack of sidewalks.
Voting will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. in Sheldon Elementary School, 2588 School St., Varysburg; Attica Junior-Senior High School, 3338 E. Main St.; and Bennington Town Hall, 1515 Graff Road.
Voters will decide the fate of a proposed $14.3 million budget, which is $198,860 higher than the current budget.
The proposed tax levy is $3.5 million, which is 4.3 percent or $144,000 higher than during the current school year. School officials did not have an average tax rate to specify.
Joseph Backer, school superintendent, said the proposed budget calls for no program changes or layoffs.
Propositions to be put before voters include establishing a $950,000 bus purchase reserve fund for 10 years; a $350,000 maintenance, vehicle and equipment reserve fund for 10 years; and a $1 million capital reserve fund for 10 years.
Residents also will vote on propositions to spend $191,950 to purchase three school buses and $92,295 to help maintain a district athletic field and purchase a pickup truck.
The four candidates for three School Board seat are Lewis Bannister; his son, Lance Bannister; Stephanie Hendrickson and Jeffery Bowles.
The propositions will not raise taxes since the money would come from funds on hand, Backer said.
Voting will be from noon to 9 p.m. in the lobby of Letchworth School, 5550 School Road, Gainsville.
The proposed $16.2 million spending plan is higher than this year's budget of $14.9 million, but school officials said no program changes or layoffs are proposed. The tax levy would increase to $5.2 million from $4.8 million for the current school year.
District leaders declined to give an average tax rate figure at this time.
A proposition to increase funding for the Warsaw Public Library by $700 to $24,700 also will go before voters.
The three candidates seeking two School Board seats are Michelle Grohs, Robert Cummins and Thomas R. Moran.
Voting will be from noon to 8 p.m. in the new lobby of Warsaw Elementary School, 81 W. Court St.
Voters will decide the fate of a $14.1 million spending plan, which is lower than this year's budget of $15.5 million.
The district's proposed tax levy is $4.6 million; this year's was $4.2 million. School officials attributed the increase in the levy to reduced state aid.
Pete Leblond and Bonnie Church are seeking re-election to the School Board. They are being challenged by Bradley Smith, Marilyn McDougall, Lisa Wolinski and Gary Bonarski for the two seats.
District residents also will vote on a proposition for $39,800 in maintenance spending, $6,600 for instructional furniture and $6,000 for cafeteria furniture.
Voting will be held from noon to 9 p.m. in Perry High School, 33 Watkins Ave.
No program or layoff cuts are projected in the proposed $3.7 million budget, which is higher than this year's $3.5 million budget.
The tax levy would increase to $1.3 million from $1.2 million this year.
The average tax rate would increase to $16.94 from $16.15 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
Residents will vote on a proposition to purchase a 66-passenger bus for $70,000 and to reconstruct and repair the main entrance, plus roof repairs, at Wyoming Central School for $25,000.
Scott Taylor and Jane Radomski are running unopposed for two School Board seats.
Voting will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Wyoming Central School.