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The Dallas School Board on Monday proposed a $38.6 million preliminary budget with a 1.5 percent increase in the property tax rate. The board also shaved a mill off the tax rate a year ago. The future of our school district and especially our children depends on it.

Votes can be cast between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., in the music room of the intermediate school on Leland Lane.

Vestal's budget has come under fire in recent days over a proposed tax levy increase while the district maintains a multi-million dollar fund surplus. It will be presented to the school board at the June 18 meeting for a final review and vote, Swailes said. The largest source of budget revenue is state financial aid, at more than $37 million.

Voting takes place from 2 to 8 p.m.at the Amagansett School.

The district has to go to a contingency budget if voters reject a proposed budget a second time.

District residents will vote from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 in the theatre lobby of the high school on Chenango Avenue.

In New Rochelle, the budget will need at least 60 percent of voters to approve the spending plan in order to pass. The candidates are: Melinda Leising, Donna Durr Arancio and Samuel Catterson.

In cutting 1 mill off the tax rate in 2017, the school district said it would save taxpayers around $1.9 million.

Current school board members, John Dunn, Jennifer Massey, Michele Skumurski and JoAnn Taylor are all seeking re-election to the board as well.

May Primary Ballots Due By 8 PM
Brad Ashford fighting for his old seat and Kara Eastman, a children's nonprofit administrator, running to Ashford's left. The western side of the county is in the 16 and a part of Cranberry Township in southern Butler County is in the 17.


A separate ballot proposition seeks voter approval to spend $175,000 to purchase a 65-passenger school bus and a 28-passenger school bus.

Voters will choose four candidates to serve on the Board of Education.

In the Troy City School District, voters will decide upon a $111,893,389 budget, with a tax levy of $36, 832,473.

Appointed positions for the 2018-2019 school year will also be up for a vote Monday. Jason Shover, an incumbent, is running unopposed for his seat. The proposed overall budget is $12,232,212.

The district's cost is the one-time purchase of 300 hotspot devices to enable the internet connections. The fourth seat is for the remaining two years of a term vacated by a resignation last July.

In the Board of Education race, three incumbent trustees are uncontested for three seats, each carrying three-year terms. Ideally, he says the debt service should be closer to three percent of total spending. The tax levy, or amount to be raised by taxes, is $8,011,795, an increase of $66,738, or 0.84 percent.

I am supporting the candidates that have direct experience in dealing with decisions that a board member makes when providing the best for our Waterloo students while being fiscally responsible. Mitchell Lemaire, who had been a former board member, was appointed to fill a vacancy left by Kelly Flint in September.

In East Hampton, three candidates-Incumbent Christina DeSanti and newcomers Jeffrey Erickson and Sarah Minardi-will be vying for two seats on the School Board.


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