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In West Seneca, turnout is moderate as voters show support for school budget

Voter turnout was "moderate" in the West Seneca School District Tuesday afternoon.

According to election official Paula Kurzawa, 1173 voters had taken to the polls by 5 p.m.

School Board candidate Ed Bedient said this year was different than last, mostly because people support the current board's proposed $114.5 million budget. "Voters are super happy," he said.

West Seneca resident Mike Maroney said he voted because it's his "responsibility." He said he voted in favor of the budget. "I think it's a fair budget," he said.

Maroney also said he was happy there were four candidates running for two seats in the district. Bringing up the City of Tonawanda, where there are two candidates for three seats, Maroney said it was a tough, but important, job. "I'm glad people want to serve," he said.

Diana Voit also voted in favor of the budget. Although she does not have children in the district, she said her vote came down to supporting the teachers and students.

"I voted for it because the kids need things," she said.

Not everyone was in favor of the budget, however.

Citing the removal of the Gap Elimination Adjustment, Tracy Marino said the district could have done more to give taxpayers a break.

"The budget keeps going up," she said.

Tom Hanzlian also voted against the budget.

"The budget always increases," he said. "It never decreases."

Hanzlian also said he was disappointed with the turnout. He doesn't have children in the district, but said parents have a responsibility to vote.

"Some of the parents aren't coming out," he said.

-Michael Canfield

Breakdown of West Seneca School District's budget:

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