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Tuesday is voting day on school district budgets

15 May 2018

Kenneth Bossert, the Elwood superintendent, said the district's board was mindful of two things: federal tax law and the fact that voters in November approved a $34.5-million bond issue for school renovations.

In Eastport South Manor six candidates-five of whom are newcomers-are running for two open seats on the School Board.

The remaining portion of the budget will consist of BOCES aid, reserves, appropriated fund balance, payment-in-lieu-of-taxes monies and other revenues. We know it is asking a lot for people to come out three days in one week, but the board wants to have sufficient time individually with each candidate.

Smith said each finalist will spend one day in the district touring schools and the community and interacting with board members, employees and the public.

Votes can be cast between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., in the music room of the intermediate school on Leland Lane. The board can still adjust the numbers when it adopts a final budget on June 18.

Of those, about 48% of the districts have proposed raising taxes by ever dollar they can without breaking the tax cap, according to date from the State Education Department.

Polls will open at 7 a.m.in Kingston and Middletown, but at noon in Newburgh.

In New Rochelle, the budget will need at least 60 percent of voters to approve the spending plan in order to pass.

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However, during the meeting, Musto reiterated his statement from the work session that the 1.5 percent increase, which would raise the millage rate to 13.6338, would "satisfy the financial obligations the district has at this time".

The Mayor's office, Lincoln City Council and Lincoln Public Schools Board of Education have decided a new inter-local agreement would be the best way to ensure long-term funding for the initiatives. The candidates are: Melinda Leising, Donna Durr Arancio and Samuel Catterson.

The reduction follows a trend of the board slicing the district's overall property tax rate in recent years.

There are also two candidates for the board of education, James Maio and Martin Kelly.

The Martinez Unified School District Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. Monday in a closed session to consider labor matters and whether to expel certain students. The proposed tax levy is up by 0.22 percent.

A second proposition deals with allowing a senior from the high school to serve as a non-voting member of the school board. The budget is $19.8 million, and an incumbent is running unopposed to keep his seat on the board. District voters will additionally be voting on a proposed $21.2 million budget. The budget does not call for any staff layoffs, and includes a 3.96 percent hike in the local property tax levy which would be the first increase since the 2015-16 budget. The board also shaved a mill off the tax rate past year.

"I feel the preliminary budget does not include all the costs incurred by the district", Youngblood said after the meeting.

The school district is also seeking of four 66-passenger vehicles, including two diesel-powered buses and two gasoline-powered buses.

Tuesday is voting day on school district budgets