Cheektowaga Central School District taxpayers will see a smaller increase in their bills this year.
During its meeting Tuesday night, the Board of Education was able to adopt the final 2015-16 tax rate because the town’s assessments have been finalized. The rate will be about $16.90 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, an increase of 7 cents – or 0.42 percent – over 2014-15.
In May, voters approved a $40.1 million spending plan that featured a rate of $17.31 per $1,000, a 2.78 percent increase.
The final numbers mean that a home valued at $100,000 would receive a tax bill of $1,690.
Superintendent Dennis Kane said several factors contributed to the decrease in the tax rate, including the town’s assessments coming in higher than expected and fewer veterans than projected applying for the new alternate veterans exemption. Adopted by the board in December, the exemption allows property owners who served in and were honorably discharged during World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars and the Persian Gulf War at least a 15 percent alternative exemption.
Kane credited board members for continuing to keep spending down and said from the 2003-04 to the 2015-16 academic years, the total tax rate increase was $1.10, an average change per year of 9 cents.
Also during the meeting, the board approved the creation of several positions, including two elementary teachers, one special education teacher, one teaching assistant and two teacher aides.
Kane teasingly offered advice to the board for future budget seasons.
“Don’t give any layoff notices,” he said, adding that the district has been fortunate to find ways to bring teachers back.
The board’s next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 18, in the boardroom at Cheektowaga Central High School, 3600 Union Road.