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May 20, 2013

Residents head to polls Tuesday


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The survey, completed in 2010, pointed out a host of repairs and upgrades that were needed. Some of those items were addressed in a $18.9 million project that was approved in 2011.

The proposed project totals just over $22.1 million, covered by state building aid and about $3.1 million from the Lockport district’s capital reserve. So there is no additional tax impact on residents, said Deborah Coder, the district’s assistant superintendent for finance.

• Polls are open from noon to 9 p.m. First Ward residents will vote at Washington Hunt, 50 Rogers Ave., 2nd Ward residents will vote at the Board of Education building, 130 Beattie Ave., 3rd Ward residents at Anna Merritt Elementary, 389 Green St., 4th Ward residents at Charles Upson, 28 Harding Ave., 5th Ward residents at Roy B. Kelley 610 East High St., and all other school district residents will vote at the high school, 250 Lincoln Ave.


• Three school board members will be chosen for three-year terms from a group of candidates including incumbents Michele Malone and Joe Flagler, as well as James Schmitt, Margaux Lingle and Donna Lakes.

• Residents will consider a $33.6 million budget, which 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. Tax rates would probably drop in all of the towns within the school district, except for Newfane itself, officials said.

• Polls are open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., Newfane Elementary School, Transit Road, Newfane.


• Only two candidates will run for a pair of three-year terms. They are current board Vice President Daniel Bragg and newcomer Sara Fry.

• Residents will consider a budget or $22 million, a $37,000 cut in spending. It will raise the levy by 3 percent or $272,000 from the current school year, below the district’s cap of 6 percent. Revenue from taxes is expected to be around $9.3 million.

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