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>Sales tax collections for 2010 grow by $7 million

Erie County is on pace to collect an extra $7 million in 2010 sales tax revenue.

Comptroller Mark C. Poloncarz announced the higher-than-expected revenue figure on Thursday as part of a report on sales tax revenue generated during the last three months of last year.

The report found sales tax revenue increased 6.6 percent compared with the same quarter in 2009.

Poloncarz also noted that, despite the increase, Erie County continues to lag behind the rest of New York in sales tax growth.


>Kindergarten sign-up set to get under way Tuesday

Kindergarten registration in the Ken-Ton School District will be accepted by appointment beginning Tuesday in the district's administration office, 1500 Colvin Blvd.

Children must be 5 on or before Dec. 1. An original birth or baptismal certificate, as well as two proofs of residency -- current utility bills will be accepted -- must be presented at registration.

Registration dates are Tuesday through Friday for Jefferson and Hoover schools; Jan. 24-28 for Franklin and Holmes; Jan. 31-Feb. 4 for Lindbergh and Roosevelt; and Feb. 7-11 for Edison and Hamilton.

Call central registration at 871-2090 to make an appointment or for more information.


>Federal role in education being explored by League

The League of Women Voters will present a forum, "Race to the Top: Hope or Flop?" at 7 p.m. Thursday in the WNED studios.

Paul Theobald, interim dean of Buffalo State College's School of Education, will be the keynote speaker. The event officially begins the League of Women Voters' two-year national study about the role the federal government should play in education.

Panelists will include Donald Ogilvie, Erie 1 BOCES superintendent; Claity Massey, director of the King Center Charter School; Samuel Radford III, vice president of Buffalo's District Parent Coordinating Council; and Mike Preskop, regional staff director of NYSUT.

The forum, sponsored by Buffalo State College and the American Association of University Women, is free to the public.

The snow date is Jan. 27.


>Martin Luther King Day closings

This is how the following area offices and services will be affected Monday by the Martin Luther King Day holiday.

City Court .... Closed

County courts .... Closed

State courts .... Closed

Federal courts .... Closed

City offices .... Closed

County offices .... Closed

State offices .... Closed

Federal offices .... Closed

Post Office .... Closed

Schools .... Closed

Banks .... Closed

Most stores .... Open

Metro Bus, Rail .... Saturday service

City garbage .... Regular