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Stable taxes offered for May 15 vote

Taxpayers in the Cheektowaga-Sloan School District would enjoy stable taxes next year under the 2007-08 budget being presented to voters May 15.

Spending in the proposed $28.9 million budget is up by 9.6 percent, but because of an increase in state aid, there will be no increase in taxes, School Superintendent James P. Mazgajewski said.

The tax rate would remain at $45.93 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for Cheektowaga residents and $55.50 per $1,000 for West Seneca residents.

The district is receiving about $900,000 extra in state aid, an increase of more than 10 percent, according to the superintendent. "It saves a lot," he said.

The district will use the money to decrease class sizes and increase the number of Advanced Placement courses offered to students, he said. The district plans to add a total of about six positions.

"The board is going to review the staffing requests," Mazgajewski said.

He said the board was reluctant to spend all the money to reduce taxes, in case aid is reduced next year.

"Next year, we'll see if the state has aid to sustain the effort," Mazgajewski said.

A public hearing will be conducted on the budget at 7 p.m. May 8 in Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, 166 Halstead Ave. Voting will take place from noon to 9 p.m. May 15 in John F. Kennedy High School, 305 Cayuga Creek Road.

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