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>Budget raises outlays, holds line on taxes

JAMESTOWN -- The tax levy would stay the same, but spending would increase by 5.3 percent under a $66.3 million budget proposal adopted Tuesday by the Jamestown School Board.

A hearing on the budget is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 1 in the Ring School. Residents will cast their votes May 15, when they also will consider a proposition to spend nearly $705,000 for six new buses. Payments would not begin until the 2008-09 school year.

"We think we've met all the requirements of the new laws and new regulations, but at the same time we are able to deliver a zero tax levy increase," Superintendent Ray Fashano said of the new budget.

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>Board OKs budget with higher tax levy

YORKSHIRE -- The Pioneer School Board on Tuesday approved a $41.36 million budget for 2007-08 that reflects a spending increase of about 3.3 percent from the current year.

The budget features a tax levy increase of 9.5 percent -- the result of a revenue gap blamed on a state aid increase of just 1.32 percent, increased costs for mandated programs, contractual obligations and rising health insurance premiums.

The budget includes nine teacher retirements and reflects $626,000 in reductions since a first draft of the spending plan was unveiled in February. The budget is $200,000 less than the spending limit legally authorized on a contingency budget, district officials noted.

A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 1 in the auditorium of Pioneer High School. Residents will vote on the budget and elect board candidates during polling in the high school from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m May 15. Two at-large Board of Education positions will be contested among three declared candidates.

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>Two projects will get $763,000 in federal funds

LE ROY -- Two projects in the Town of Le Roy will be assisted by $763,000 in federal funds, Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, announced Monday.

The money will come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Program.

One project, funded at $542,000, will add 47 homes and 141 residents to an existing water district. The other, with $221,000, will extend a small water district to alleviate poor water quality and dry wells, improving service for 39 residents.

The funds include both loans and grants.

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>Specialist will evaluate spread of nuisance weeds

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to send a federal specialist to Chautauqua Lake to evaluate the proliferation of nuisance weeds.

The notice came in a response to a letter requesting action from Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.

An aquatic plant control specialist from the corps' Engineering Research and Development Center will contact local officials to schedule the visit, according to the response.

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