Weekly Feature

2012-03-29 / Local News

Board of Education adopts $108M spending plan


The West Seneca Central School District’s Board of Education, in a unanimous vote on Monday, adopted a budget for the 2012-13 school year.

The nearly $108.2 million budget will be presented to the public during a hearing at 6:15 p.m. Monday, May 7, at the West Seneca West Elementary administration building, 1397 Orchard Park Road.

District residents will vote on the spending plan between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, in the gymnasium at West Seneca East Senior High School, 4760 Seneca St.

The proposed increase in the tax levy does not exceed the district’s tax cap. As a result, the district will need only a simple majority of 50 percent for the proposition to pass.

According to the board’s president, Daniel Nagy, the spending plan is a 1.97 percent increase from the current budget and requires a tax levy increase of 3.26 percent.

A second proposition approved by the board, and also slated for the May ballot, involves an expenditure from the bus purchase reserve fund. Should the proposition pass, the board would be authorized to purchase eight 22-passenger school busses.

The buses would cost $46,000 each, or a total of $368,000, and would have no impact on the tax levy of the district for the 2012-13 school year.

During Monday evening’s meeting, Nagy made note of West Seneca’s tax rates as compared to the surrounding districts.

At a true value rate of $16.64 per $1,000 assessed value, West Seneca falls below Hamburg, Orchard Park, Lackawanna, Depew and Cheektowaga-Sloan, according to statistics published by the Erie County Association of School Boards.

The district also has one of the highest percentages of its community population attending school in the district, second only to Orchard Park.

Nagy noted that the education that West Seneca students receive is of high quality for reasonable tax rates.

“I really think that West Seneca is getting a great bang for your buck,” added Trustee Janice Dalbo.

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