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>Superintendent touts district's achievements

BATAVIA -- City of Batavia School Superintendent Richard G. Stutzman Jr. told members of the Batavia Rotary Club on Tuesday that taxpayers will get "a fairly decent return on the dollar" in a proposed 2007-08 budget of $37 million that residents will vote on May 15.

The budget is $1 million higher than the current year's spending plan. However, a $574,000 jump in state aid will keep the property tax increase at slightly less than 1 percent.

During the address, Stutzman noted that the district is consistently rated as one of the best public school districts in Western New York. And for the second straight year, he said, Batavia High and Jackson Elementary schools were identified by the state as "high-performing/gap-closing schools," and the Middle School earned the distinction for the first time.

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>Board approves budget with tax-rate decrease

CELERON -- The village has a new budget in place for 2007-08.

The $423,000 spending plan was approved by the Village Board on Monday night. The budget includes a 10 cents per $1,000 of assessed value tax-rate decrease.

The village tax rate for the next year will be $6.48 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Mayor Tom Bartolo said the budget includes no pay increases for elected officials, including himself.

The new budget also includes funding for senior citizen group programming, as well as for youth in the village.

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