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Budget Talks: Frontier Central School District

Frontier Central School Board members hope to restore some teaching positions lost in previous budgets.

The proposed budget would add 2.5 elementary teaching positions, 2.4 middle school teaching positions, two teachers for a suspension program and two teachers based on enrollment, as well as a social worker.

The tax rate for Hamburg residents of the district would go up 30 cents, or 1.1 percent, to $26.73 per $1,000 of assessed value.

The board plans to adopt the final budget April 19.

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Preliminary budget

Proposed total budget: $78.6 million, up 2.04 percent

Proposed tax levy: $37.8 million, up 2.2 percent

Tax levy increase allowed under tax cap: 2.2 percent

Planning to go over tax cap? No.

What could be cut: A part-time teacher aide and a part-time private school nurse.

What could be added: Nearly nine teaching positions.

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What is a tax levy?

The tax levy is the total amount in taxes collected from property owners.

What is the tax cap?

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo instituted the tax cap three years ago to help control local taxes. It’s billed as a 2 percent tax cap but is actually based on the rate of inflation. Each district’s cap is different because of a complicated formula and can be higher or lower than 2 percent. Districts need 60 percent of votes – called a super majority – to approve a budget that goes over the tax cap. They only need one vote over 50 percent for a budget below the tax cap to pass.

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Voters go to the polls Tuesday, May 17 to approve or vote down the proposed budget and vote on candidates for school board and any propositions.

– Barbara O’Brien, News Staff Reporter