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Budget Vote Extra: Is Your District Cutting Spending? Raising Taxes?



(WBEN)   All but one school district in Erie County will be asking voters on Tuesday,  to approve a budget that includes increased spending, and two of them in Western New York are asking voters to go above the property tax hike limits set by the state.

Clarence and Lewiston-Porter school districts have proposed tax increases over the state's 2 percent annual cap, and need approval from  60 percent of the voters, while all other budgets  must pass by a simple majority to be adopted.

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REPORT CARDS: District by District
Tax Hikes Proposed in:
 
Erie County  | Niagara County

Spending Increases/Cuts in
Erie County | Niagara County

Other Counties in WNY:  Allegany | Cattaraugus | Chautauqua | Genesee  | Orleans Wyoming

Other Districts In NYS:
Complete Data from the NYS Ed. Dept.


In numbers reported to the NYS Education Dept.,  Clarence seeks a tax hike of 9.08 percent and Lew-Port wants to raise them 5.53 percent.   

Lewiston Porter's request comes as the district slashed spending 1.16 percent, one of only three districts in Niagara County to cut spending year to year.

Clarence increased spending over last year by 1.08 percent- an amount below the county average, and less than the increase proposed in all but 5 other districts in the county.  Nonetheless, the Clarence proposal has prompted campaigning usually reserved for far larger elections, with mailers, lawn signs and emotions running high across the entire town.

"It's an outrageous amount.  You know it is very nice to spend someone else's  money. But there are a lot of senior citizens in Clarence on a fixed income and they can't afford to pay for these luxuries for the school," says Ellie Corcoran, a tea party activist who has been rallying her neighbors around the issue.

The two percent cap  mandated by state law does not include any tax increases that can be attributed to pension costs and other exemptions.

The average tax levy hike proposed in Erie County is 3.22 percent, in Niagara County it's 3.47 %, and statewide it is 2.84 %. The numbers are low enough to generate optimism in most districts, and make Clarence & Lew-Port that much more exceptional.

" We asked school districts to what extent do you think your  budget is going to pass on the first vote. And 93 percent of them say they are likely to pass on the first vote," says Tim Kremer, Executive Director of the NYS School Boards Assoc. " And I think that's a pretty accurate assessments because if you stay at or below your cap, there's a real good chance you are going to pass a budget."

Only one district in Erie County- West Seneca-  was able to actually cut spending and present a budget that was smaller than last years.  Three ( Royalton-Hartland, Lewiston-Porter and Barker)  in Niagara did so.  Erie County's average spending is up 2.46 %, Niagara's is up 1.52%, and the average statewide spending increase is  2.88 percent.
 


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Erie County School Districts Ranked By Proposed Tax Hike
Budget proposals as reported by the districts to the NYS Education Dept.
Ranked by year to year tax levy percent change.


(SOURCE: NYS Dept. of Ed.  Numbers presented to voters in the district budget presentations may include various exemptions and could differ from the raw numbers they submit to the state)y)
District Name Total Proposed Spending 2012-13 Total Proposed Spending 2013-14 Spending Percent Change Total Proposed Tax Levy
2012-13
Total Proposed Tax Levy
2013-14
Tax Levy Percent Change
CLARENCE CSD 72,511,600 73,298,179 9.08 39,060,832 43,592,709 9.08
HAMBURG CSD 56,597,957 60,250,600 6.45 31,801,349 33,519,094 5.40
KENMORE-TONAWANDA UFSD 147,776,616 149,015,111 0.84 71,899,428 75,249,941 4.66
HOLLAND CSD 16,991,000 17,990,000 5.88 6,616,380 6,914,000 4.50
LANCASTER CSD 91,513,002 94,715,258 3.50 44,450,137 46,211,252 3.96
WILLIAMSVILLE CSD 164,545,249 170,003,254 3.32 106,366,249 110,505,254 3.89
AMHERST CSD 47,702,965 49,473,637 3.71 31,376,126 32,559,006 3.77
AKRON CSD 28,313,413 29,142,954 2.93 8,987,410 9,324,438 3.75
SWEET HOME CSD 67,775,007 68,608,391 1.23 37,793,144 39,130,963 3.54
FRONTIER CSD 72,258,048 73,215,727 1.33 33,778,041 34,969,020 3.53
CLEVELAND HILL UFSD 29,706,475 30,111,773 1.36 11,778,307 12,189,370 3.49
EAST AURORA UFSD 29,111,387 29,897,681 2.70 17,404,174 17,991,247 3.37
 ORCHARD PARK CSD 83,640,108 86,043,423 2.87 53,072,743 54,814,641 3.28
 AVERAGE TAX LEVY INCREASE proposed  In Erie County :   3.22%    
TONAWANDA CITY SD 29,541,451 29,858,602 1.07 10,892,593 11,241,156 3.20
ALDEN CSD 32,091,571 33,235,139 3.56 14,127,454 14,551,328 3.00
DEPEW UFSD 37,432,575 38,500,398 2.85 16,110,437 16,588,816 2.97
CHEEKTOWAGA-MARYVALE UFSD 35,893,350 36,418,187 1.46 18,477,678 19,021,734 2.94
CHEEKTOWAGA CSD 39,094,329 39,911,368 2.09 21,796,431 22,434,322 2.93
NORTH COLLINS CSD 14,398,948 14,871,025 3.28 4,881,423 5,024,017 2.92
WEST SENECA CSD 108,184,900 106,825,325 -1.26 52,549,819 54,084,762 2.92
GRAND ISLAND CSD 53,079,789 54,417,562 2.52 29,263,924 30,044,924 2.67
EVANS-BRANT CSD (LAKE SHORE) 52,749,843 53,285,537 1.02 15,909,912 16,281,499 2.34
IROQUOIS CSD 43,469,461 44,072,240 1.39 25,532,769 26,103,470 2.24
EDEN CSD 25,180,031 25,720,426 2.15 12,789,402 13,045,189 2.00
SPRINGVILLE-GRIFFITH INST CSD 33,889,410 34,910,952 3.01 14,562,441 14,709,577 1.01
LACKAWANNA CITY SD 45,300,000 47,514,000 4.89 8,590,000 8,590,000 0.00
CHEEKTOWAGA-SLOAN UFSD 33,081,692 33,433,890 1.06 14,941,929 14,882,613 -0.40

Erie County Districts Ranked By Proposed Spending Increase
A as reported by the districts to the NYS Education Dept.

(SOURCE: NYS Dept. of Ed.  Numbers presented to voters in the district budget presentations may include various exemptions and could differ from the raw numbers they submit to the state)


DISTRICT

 
Total Proposed Spending
2012-13
Total Proposed Spending
2013-14
Spending Percent Change
HAMBURG CSD 56,597,957 60,250,600 6.45
HOLLAND CSD 16,991,000 17,990,000 5.88
LACKAWANNA CITY SD 45,300,000 47,514,000 4.89
AMHERST CSD 47,702,965 49,473,637 3.71
ALDEN CSD 32,091,571 33,235,139 3.56
LANCASTER CSD 91,513,002 94,715,258 3.50
WILLIAMSVILLE CSD 164,545,249 170,003,254 3.32
NORTH COLLINS CSD 14,398,948 14,871,025 3.28
SPRINGVILLE-GRIFFITH INST CSD 33,889,410 34,910,952 3.01
AKRON CSD 28,313,413 29,142,954 2.93
ORCHARD PARK CSD 83,640,108 86,043,423 2.87
DEPEW UFSD 37,432,575 38,500,398 2.85
EAST AURORA UFSD 29,111,387 29,897,681 2.70
GRAND ISLAND CSD 53,079,789 54,417,562 2.52
AVERAGE SPENDING HIKE in Erie County   2.46 %
EDEN CSD 25,180,031 25,720,426 2.15
CHEEKTOWAGA CSD 39,094,329 39,911,368 2.09
CHEEKTOWAGA-MARYVALE UFSD 35,893,350 36,418,187 1.46
IROQUOIS CSD 43,469,461 44,072,240 1.39
CLEVELAND HILL UFSD 29,706,475 30,111,773 1.36
FRONTIER CSD 72,258,048 73,215,727 1.33
SWEET HOME CSD 67,775,007 68,608,391 1.23
CLARENCE CSD 72,511,600 73,298,179 1.08
TONAWANDA CITY SD 29,541,451 29,858,602 1.07
CHEEKTOWAGA-SLOAN UFSD 33,081,692 33,433,890 1.06
EVANS-BRANT CSD (LAKE SHORE) 52,749,843 53,285,537 1.02
KENMORE-TONAWANDA UFSD 147,776,616 149,015,111 0.84
WEST SENECA CSD 108,184,900 106,825,325 -1.26



Niagara County School Districts Ranked By Proposed Tax Hike
Budget proposals as reported by the districts to the NYS Education Dept.
Ranked by year to year tax levy percent change.


(SOURCE: NYS Dept. of Ed.  Numbers presented to voters in the district budget presentations may include various exemptions and could differ from the raw numbers they submit to the state)y)
DISTRICT Total Proposed Spending 2012-13 Total Proposed Spending 2013-14 Spending Percent Change Total Proposed Tax Levy
2012-13
Total Proposed Tax Levy
2013-14
Tax Levy Percent Change
NIAGARA-WHEATFIELD CSD 60,518,987 62,753,100 3.69 28,661,923 30,354,760 5.91
LEWISTON-PORTER CSD 40,472,775 40,001,368 -1.16 22,359,178 23,595,179 5.53
WILSON CSD 23,478,585 24,297,989 3.49 10,888,750 11,324,737 4.00
BARKER CSD 19,485,396 19,018,424 -2.40 3,782,030 3,914,401 3.50
 AVERAGE TAX LEVY INCREASE proposed  In Niagara County  :   3.47%             
STARPOINT CSD 45,363,528 46,551,612 2.62 25,016,518 25,813,272 3.18
NIAGARA FALLS CITY SD 122,438,834 124,060,725 1.32 25,076,688 25,828,989 3.00
ROYALTON-HARTLAND CSD 22,057,939 22,020,002 -0.17 9,092,000 9,364,760 3.00
NORTH TONAWANDA CITY SD 64,752,895 65,740,756 1.53 26,165,695 26,835,215 2.56
LOCKPORT CITY SD 79,898,189 83,063,797 3.96 34,554,670 35,247,191 2.00
NEWFANE CSD 32,939,926 33,699,877 2.31 12,538,984 12,789,764 2.00


Niagara County Districts Ranked By Proposed Spending Increase
A as reported by the districts to the NYS Education Dept.

(SOURCE: NYS Dept. of Ed.  Numbers presented to voters in the district budget presentations may include various exemptions and could differ from the raw numbers they submit to the state)
District Total Proposed Spending 2012-13 Total Proposed Spending 2013-14 Spending Percent Change
LOCKPORT CITY SD 79,898,189 83,063,797 3.96
NIAGARA-WHEATFIELD CSD 60,518,987 62,753,100 3.69
WILSON CSD 23,478,585 24,297,989 3.49
STARPOINT CSD 45,363,528 46,551,612 2.62
NEWFANE CSD 32,939,926 33,699,877 2.31
NORTH TONAWANDA CITY SD 64,752,895 65,740,756 1.53
AVERAGE SPENDING HIKE in Niagara County   1.52 %
NIAGARA FALLS CITY SD 122,438,834 124,060,725 1.32
ROYALTON-HARTLAND CSD 22,057,939 22,020,002 -0.17
LEWISTON-PORTER CSD 40,472,775 40,001,368 -1.16
BARKER CSD 19,485,396 19,018,424 -2.40



Allegany County
Spending  Changes  Proposed   Tax Levy Changes Proposed
District Amount District Amount
Belfast 6.03 % Canasaraga 4.73 %
Fillmore 5.36 % Alfred-Almond 4.50 %
Cuba-Rushford 4.53 % Fillmore 3.91 %
Alfred Almond 3.70 % Bellfast 3.9 %
Allegany County Average: 2.36% Allegany County Average 2.99 %
Genesee Valley 1.76 % Genesee Valley 2.99 %
Whitesville 1.29 % Cuba-Rushford 2.50 %
Andover 1.17 Whitesville 2.0 %
Canasaraga 0.72 Andover 2.0 %
Friendship -0.24 Friendship 2.0 %
Scio -0.76 Scio 1.32%



Cattaraugus  County
Spending Changes Proposed    Tax Levy Changes Proposed
District Amount District Amount
Gowanda 3.99 % Ellicottville 3.94 %
Olean 3.12 % Portville 3.50 %
Hinsdale 2.76 % Allegany Limestone 3.31 %
Salamanca 2.72 % Yorkshire-Pioneer 3.28 %
Ellicottville 2.35 % Gowanda 3.00 %
West Valley 2.09 % Olean 2.80 %
Cattaraugus Average Tax Hike 1.85 %  West Valley 2.00 %
Allegany Limestone 1.60 Cattaraugus Average Spending Hike 1.97 %
Yorkshire- Pioneer 1.42 Franklinville 1.83 %
Franklinville 1.40 % Cattaraugus Little Valley 1.66 %
Randolph 1.39% Hinsdale 1.30 %
Portviille 1.14 Salamanca -0.00 %
Cattaraugus- Little Valley -1.78 Randolph -2.94



Chautauqua  County
Tax Levy Changes  Proposed    Spending Changes Proposed
District Amount District Amount
Bemus Point 5.67 % Bemus Point 5.17%
Westfield 4.49 % Brocton 3.97 %
Sherman 4.00 % Clymer 3.48 %
Forestville 3.90 % Frewsburg 3.35 %
Chautauqua 3.72 % Silver Creek 3.25 %
Falconer 3.45 % Fredonia 2.99 %
Pine Valley 3.00 % Pine Valley- South Dayton 2.70 %
Fredonia 2.98 % Falconer 2.53 %
Silver Creek 2.70 % Westfield 2.17
Clymer 2.56 % Chautauqua Lake 2.15 %
Southwestern 2.44 % Dunkirk 1.79 %
Chautauqua County Average    2.27 % Panama 1.66 %
Frewsburg 2.10 % Chautauqua County Average  1.62 %
Brocton 1.99 % Southwestern (Jamestown) 0.46 %
Cassadaga Valley 1.98 % Casadaga Valley -0.15%
Dunkirk 0.00 Forestville -0.31 %
Panama 0.00 Ripley -1.75 %
Jamestown 0.00 Jamestown -1.86 %
Ripley -4.08 % Sherman -1.87


Genesee  County  S
Spending  Changes  Proposed   Tax Changes Proposed
District Amount District Amount
Batavia 4.73 % Byron Bergen 3.99 %
Leroy 3.77 % Pavilion 2.87 %
Pembroke 3.37 % Elba 2.64 %
 Genesee County Average  2.84 % Genesee County Average  2.38 %
Byron -Bergen 2.46 % Batavia 2.00
Elba 2.35 % LeRoy 2.00
Alexander 2.29 % Alexander 2.00
Pavilion 1.95 % Pembroke 1.80
Oakfield-Alabama 1.80 % Oakfield Alabama 1.75


Orleans  County
Tax Levy Changes  Proposed    Spending Changes Proposed
District Amount District Amount
Holley 2.00 % Holley 15.07 %
Orleans County Average  - 2.97 % Medina 1.13 %
Albion 1.50 % Lyndonville 1.00 %
Lyndonville 1.00 % Orleans County Average   0.71 %
Medina 0.00 Albion 0.61 %
Kendall - 19.37 % Kendall -14.27 %


Wyoming  County
Tax Levy Changes  Proposed    Spending Changes Proposed
District Amount District Amount
Wyoming 3.90 % Wyoming 4.85 %
Perry 3.00 Warsaw 4.62 %
Perry 3.00 Wyoming County Average  3.01 %
Wyoming County Average   2.43 % Attica 2.51 %
Attica 2.00 % Perry 2.15 %
Warsaw 0.26 % Letchworth 0.93 %



05/20/2013 7:31AM
Budget Vote Extra: Is Your District Cutting Spending? Raising Taxes?
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05/20/2013 9:32AM
Q.Why do Republicans hate education?
A. Because intelligent people don't vote Republican.
05/20/2013 4:39PM
Jealous of East Aurora
I'm voting no. The bottom line is that Clarence taxpayers have a right to be upset. Just because our homes are assessed higher than homes in Williamsville doesn't mean that we should pay 30% more than Williamsville taxpayers do. The Clarence School Board is like a 6-year-old in a cell phone commercial yelling "We want more. We want more." The total median tax bill for Clarence is $3720. For Williamsville it's $2722, and they are the best district in the area. East Aurora is ranked just below Clarence, but their median school tax bill is just $2439. Any of our Top 5 districts are as good as any in the country. Paying nearly $1300 less a year buys a heck of a lot of Pizzas. I'm jealous of East Aurora right about now...
05/21/2013 4:11PM
Lets get rid of Kenmore and reduce or property taxes.
In KenTon School Dist; if they close a school, lay off teachers, have a decline in enrollment and the Kenmore senior citizens population is increasing, then why are they raising taxes. Not to mention wanting 5, that they reduced to 4, new buses. It may be time for the Village of Kenmore and Town of Tonawanda to merge completely. This would also eliminate the additional Village taxes we pay every year. Our new name "Tonawanken."
05/21/2013 4:37PM
Q. Why do liberals "think" higher taxes will help education or that this is even sustainab
A. Because liberalism is a mental disorder.
05/23/2013 9:36AM
williamsville school tax rip off
williamsville people are so out of it.they will let the school taxes go to whatever . stop the madness and cut,cut ,cut these kids dont need i pads . if they want one go buy your own, why should i pay for it. This town is so screwed up
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