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After resolving glitches, Frontier and Hamburg say budgets passed

The results of Tuesday's voting in the Hamburg and Frontier school districts became known Wednesday after glitches with voting ballot scanners were rectified by Erie County Board of Elections officials.

In Hamburg, voters overwhelmingly approved a $59.59 million budget, 1,863-778. The budget carries a 4.35 percent tax levy increase, permitted under the state tax cap.

In a School Board race featuring eight candidates for three seats, Sally Stephenson was the top vote-getter with 1,295 votes, followed by incumbents Patricia Brunner-Collins, 1,136 votes, and board President Dr. Joan Calkins, 1,103 votes.

The problem in Hamburg was traced to a corrupt memory card in one of the four ballot scanners, said Superintendent Steven A. Achramovitch.

The Board of Elections brought machines to rescan the ballots Wednesday.

Voters in the Frontier Central School District adopted a $72.28 million budget, with a permitted tax levy increase of 2.7 percent, according to unofficial results Wednesday. Those results showed the budget passing, 1,338-531.

Also approved were a proposition to downsize the School Board from nine to seven members, 1,166-687; an $896,000 transportation proposition, 1,239-618; and a measure calling for the appointment of a nonvoting high school student to the board; 1,183-409.

Two new board members were elected in an uncontested race. Patrick T. Boyle received 1,344 votes, and Thomas M. Best Jr. received 1,328.

Board of Elections officials had to resubmit ballots that had been cast at Cloverbank Elementary School, one of five polling sites.

District Clerk Nancy Racine said, "We had more votes than ballots accounted for at one polling site."

Apparently, the ballots had been jamming and inspectors were inadvertently reading ballots twice Tuesday night, she said.