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Hamburg School District newsletter to explain 5.83% rise in tax levy

Barbara S. Sporyz says she will explain in the district’s newsletter why the tax levy for the Hamburg Central School District is projected to go up by 5.83 percent, which seems like a lot in this tax-cap environment.

But the $36.97 million levy is well within the district’s tax cap of 6.54 percent, and will require a simple majority of voters for passage.

Spending would increase by 5.72 percent, to $66 million, said Sporyz, who is the district’s assistant superintendent of administrative services and finance.

But much of the increase is the result of debt service, because the district is making major payments on the capital project that voters approved several years ago, she said.

Sporyz said that if the debt service payment remained unchanged, expenses would have increased about 3.46 percent.

School Board members approved the budget, 6-0, on Tuesday night. Board member Sally A. Stephenson was absent.

The board reduced spending and the tax levy by $250,000 from the last version of the budget presented last week. Sporyz said the district will move from bond-anticipation notes to a bond. She said she believes that the district should get a better interest rate than first anticipated, which would lower the payment.

There will be some new faces on the School Board in July. Board members Patti Brunner Collins and Stephenson are not seeking election.

Incumbent Robbin D. List, who was appointed to the seat left vacant when the board ousted Catherine Schrauth Forcucci last year, is running for one of the board seats at stake in the May 19 election.

Two are for three years and one is for the year remaining on the term of Schrauth Forcucci.

Also running are Richard G. Schneider, Amy N. Brodfuehrer and Michael F. McGarry.

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