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VOTING SET ON SCHOOL BUDGETS, CANDIDATES

Orleans County voters will decide on spending plans and School Board candidates in five districts Tuesday.

School officials said districts are faced with decreased state funding compared to last year, along with increased tax levies.

Albion Central

Voters will decide on a proposed $25.7 million budget, which calls for a $299,924 increase from the 2002-03 level, or 1.18 percent. School officials said they have decreased the proposed tax levy from 23.18 percent to 6.42 percent increase. The property tax levy is proposed to increase from $7.7 million to $8.2 million.

The tax rate is proposed to increase from $19.63 to $20.89 per $1,000. The Albion library tax increase is proposed to rise from 91 cents to 99 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

School officials said the cut in the proposed tax levy and decreased state aid have resulted in several cuts, including the layoff of 10 staff and faculty positions within the district and the reduction of the district summer school program by one week. The purchase of athletic and building equipment was also reduced.

Three candidates are seeking two spots on the School Board. The candidates are Marie Snyder, Fran Lissow and Kevin Sheehan. Voting is from noon to 8 p.m. in the elementary school's Conference Room A.

Holley Central

Residents will vote on a proposed $15.5 million budget, which will include an average property tax rate increase of 16.82 percent.

The 2003-04 spending plan is $764,175 higher than this year's budget. District officials did not have an average tax rate per $1,000 of assessed valuation calculated. School officials attributed the tax increase mainly to a $495,000 loss in state aid. The spending plan also calls for 20 positions to be cut, including 10 teaching positions. Elementary and regional summer school programs are also proposed to be cut.

Voters will also decide on a proposition to spend $81,539 to maintain and operate the Community Free Library in Holley.

Ten candidates are seeking three spots on the School Board. The candidates are Dennis Piedmonte, Betty Drennan, Elizabeth Skehan, Salvatore DeLuca Jr., Nicholas Penna, Amy O'Mara, Robert Oyer, Randy Anson, Shannon Sauro-Quill and Albert Buell.

Voting will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Holley Junior-Senior High School.

Lyndonville Central

Voters will decide the fate of a $9.8 million general budget, along with a $136,044 spending proposition on school equipment.

School officials said the overall increase in the 2003-04 spending plan from this school year is 0.3 percent. If approved, the tax levy for the general budget will be $20.84 per $1,000 per assessed valuation. An additional 80 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation is proposed to be added for the equipment proposition. Equipment proposed to be purchased includes a new school bus and van.

School officials estimated that the proposed increase on a district home valued at $100,000 is $375.

Seven candidates are running for three seats on the School Board. They are Richard Mufford, John Thomas, Daniel Hensler, Ruth Killings, Elizabeth Gee, Debra Murray and Joyce Chizick.

The vote is from 1 to 9 p.m. in the L.A. Webber High School library.

Medina Central

The size of the proposed 2003-04 budget is $23.7 million. School officials said the budget has a proposed 1.24 percent increase. They said the spending plan is below a contingency cap budget of $23.9 million.

The district's tax levy increase is anticipated at 9.98 percent. School officials said no programs are proposed to be eliminated. There is a separate proposition for school buses not to exceed $219,500 to replace four vehicles. There are three open seats on the board for three-year terms. Christopher Busch, T. Gregory Dale, Stephen McAvoy and Gary Vreeland are seeking spots.

The election will take place from noon to 9 p.m. in the Orchard Elementary gymnasium.

Kendell Central

School officials said the $12.8 million proposed budget remains the same from the 2002-03 spending plan. The tax levy is proposed to increase by 7.5 percent.

Edward Gaesser is seeking a School Board spot formerly held by David Ergott.

The vote will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Kendell Elementary School.

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