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Where we live: Depew


The School Board is weighing whether to allow veteran’s tax exemptions on school taxes, and decided to hold a public referendum during its upcoming May budget vote to glean public input on the issue.

The board discussed the issue last week after a presentation by Erie County officials.

“The board is struggling with a decision and wants public input,” Superintendent Jeff Rabey said. “It’s a decision the Board of Education takes very seriously.”

School districts do not have to seek a referendum, although some have. Boards of education could unilaterally make their own decision, but Depew has decided to glean public input - as the Eden Central School District recently did with a referendum.

If veteran’s exemptions are ultimately offered on school taxes in the Depew district, it would mean that a non-veteran property owner would face an additional 51 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation - or an extra $51 per year on a home assessed at $100,000.

The School Board next meets Jan. 20 at the high school, 5201 S. Transit Road.

This week:

• Get your tickets for the New Year’s Eve celebration at Depew Polish Falcons. The party will be held 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31 at 445 Columbia Ave. Dinner packages are $135 per couple, and dinner and room packages at the Clarion begin at $200. Included are a sit-down, family-style dinner, five-hour premium bar, music by Kenny Krew and a champagne toast at midnight.