Waverly/Tioga Schools: A look at proposed school budgets ahead of election day

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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. The proposed budget is $41.9 million, and two candidates are running unopposed for two seats. 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.

The majority of the work would be at the middle/high school complex, but each building will have upgrades and improvements, the district has said.

The proposed spending plan also contains a $10 per capita tax, a one percent earned income tax, which is shared with municipalities; and a $52 emergency municipal service tax, from which the district receives $5 and participating communities are allotted $47.

The caps limit annual increases in local school property taxes under a formula based largely on the inflation rate, and districts that keep within those boundaries have found it to be a sure path to success with voters. School tax rates are set after the district receives the final tax assessment roll in August. The largest source of budget revenue is state financial aid, at more than $37 million.

Most districts open polls from 7 a.m.to 9 p.m.

The three closures are expected to save between $2.5 to $3 million total in the overall budget, according to Clark.

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Voting takes place from 2 to 8 p.m.at the Amagansett School. This represents a 1.54 percent increase in the tax levy, which is below the 1.88 percent tax cap.

Some schools are also looking for new board members. The candidates are: Melinda Leising, Donna Durr Arancio and Samuel Catterson.

After a thorough review of the proposal submitted by the Steering Committee of the North Champaign Academy, the Champaign Unit 4 School District Board of Education denies the proposal.

Voters in some other districts will also weigh in on various propositions. The candidates include incumbents Amy Mayo and Brian Judycki and challenger John Stewart. The proposed tax levy is up by 0.22 percent.

Voting in Montauk is from 2 to 8 p.m.at the school.

In Springs, voters will be asked to reelect Springs School Board President Barbara Dayton along with the school's proposed $28.87 million budget for the 2018-19 school year.