Lockport Union-Sun & Journal —
In other district news, at a public hearing on Wednesday, Assistant Superintendent for Finance Deborah Coder went over all of the choices district voters will have to make at the annual budget election on May 21.
Voters will have to consider an $83 million budget for the 2013-14 school year, which is a spending increase of about $3.1 million or 3.96 percent compared to the current school year. The tax levy will rise 2 percent or by $692,000 to $35.2 million, while $2.6 million will be used from reserves, as well as $2 million from the appropriated fund balance.
Lockport was hit with major increases in healthcare, workers' compensation, Teacher Retirement System and Employee Retirement System contributions. Those combined were a $3 million increase for 2013-14, compared to the current school year.
If the budget is adopted and nothing changes with assessments and equalization rates, the tax rate would increase about 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. If assessments increase and equalization changes, the tax rate would rise about 40 cents per $1,000.
Residents will vote on a $22.1 million capital improvement project. The project will include a number of repairs and upgrades needed throughout the district, most of which were tagged in a state-mandated building condition survey.
Voters will also choose three board members, each for a three-year term. Those running include incumbents Edward Sandell, Jon Williams and Diane Phelps, as well as Randall Parker, Todd McNall and former Board President Marietta Schrader.
Polls will be open from noon until 9 p.m. May 21. First Ward residents will vote at Washington Hunt, 2nd Ward residents will vote at the Board of Education building, 3rd Ward residents at Anna Merritt Elementary, 4th Ward at Charles Upson, 5th Ward at Roy B. Kelley and all other school district residents will vote at the high school on Lincoln Avenue.
• Board members also approved an agreement with the city concerning the extension of the Reed Street water main.