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6 of 8 districts hold tax hikes to 2%

It wasn't easy, officials insist, but six of Genesee County's eight school districts managed to keep property tax increases in the 2012-13 academic year to 2 percent or less.

Here's a look at Tuesday's school votes around the county:

Batavia schools are proposing a $40 million budget with a 1.99 percent tax increase. Twenty-one staff members will lose their jobs, and one of three elementary schools will close. Voters will decide on a high school student as an ex-officio member of the Board of Education, and vote on a proposition to increase distance standards for busing. Three incumbents seek re-election -- Philip Ricci, Gary Stich and Gail Stevens -- against challengers Gretchen DiFante and Dennis Warner.

In Alexander, voters will decide on a $16.7 million budget with a 1.3 percent increase. Propositions include $208,000 for two 66-passenger buses and $55,000 for a truck and floor scrubber.

Byron-Bergen is proposing a $20 million budget that, despite more than $500,000 in cuts, will push the tax rate up 2.65 percent. Proposition 2 would authorize the purchase of a 66-passenger bus and a small wheelchair bus for $210,000. Incumbents Debra List and Ernest Haywood are challenged by William Forwyth for two board seats.

Elba voters will decide on a $9.5 million budget with a tax rate increase of 2 percent. A proposition calls for purchasing a 54-passenger bus and a car at a cost of $124,000.

Le Roy schools propose a $21 million budget that will increase property taxes by 2 percent. A second budget would approve $300,000 for Woodward Memorial Library. A proposition calls for setting up a $5 million reserve fund over a 10-year period. Board incumbents Lloyd Miller, Lawrence Bonacquisti and Donald Hobart are opposed by Patrick Kennedy in a race for three seats.

Oakfield-Alabama officials propose a $17.3 million budget with no effect on the tax rate. Also, voters will decide on purchasing two school buses.

In Pavilion, voters will decide on a $16.5 million budget that calls for a tax rate hike of 2.67 percent.

And in Pembroke, voters will decide on a $19.8 million budget that will up the tax rate by 1.5 percent. They also will vote on the Corfu Free Library's $240,000 budget as well as proposals for two 66-passenger buses and $50,000 for a 29-passenger van.

Voting hours vary.