Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Three local school districts have adopted budgets this week for the 2013-14 school year. Residents will vote on the spending plans May 21.
• Barker Board of Education members adopted their $19 million budget Monday. The budget is a $450,000 cut in spending and needs $132,500 or 3.5 percent more from the tax levy, a total of about $3.8 million. It's the second time in five years Barker is raising the levy.
The 3.5 percent rise is well below the district's tax cap of 90 percent. The public hearing for the budget is at 7 p.m. May 7 in the Herbert Ludwig Fine Arts Hall, 1628 Quaker Road, Barker.
• Starpoint school board members adopted their $46.5 million spending plan Tuesday, which would require roughly $25.8 million from taxes, a tax levy rise of 3.18 percent. That is below the district’s tax levy cap of 4.86 percent.
That would cause the tax rate to rise about 1.99 percent, or 43 cents per $1,000 of assessed land value. The average rate would rise to about $22.23 per $1,000 for Starpoint residents.
The public hearing is at 7 p.m. May 7 in the district offices, 4363 Mapleton Road, Pendleton.
• Newfane board members adopted their $33.6 million budget is a $760,000 or 2.31 percent increase in spending and would require $12.7 million from local taxes, an increase of about $250,000 or 2 percent.
The public hearing is at 7 p.m. May 7 in room 121 of the Newfane Early Childhood Center, 6048 Godfrey Road, Burt.