Muskegon School Board expected to vote on cuts

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With Tuesday's election day looming ever closer, among the decisions voters will be making at the polls are the proposed 2018-2019 school budgets for the Waverly and Tioga Central school districts.

She distributed to the board a list of 133 questions to ask at a special open board meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Davenport Schools Achievement Service Center, 1606 Brady St., Davenport. Stay tuned to WKTV.com tonight for results as they come in.

The caveat to this however, is there are around 300 middle and high school teachers that normally got an extra annual check of just under $5,000.

Under the proposed budget, district officials estimate school taxes would increase $16 more per $100,000 of assessed property value in the City of Watervliet, and $24 more per $100,000 of assessed property value in Mannsville.

HOLLAND PATENT -Voters in the Holland Patent school district will decide on the district's $34.5 million proposed 2018-19 budget.

Under the law, school districts can not raise tax levies more than two percent unless they achieve a super majority approval from voters. The district projects that its 2018-19 tax levy - that is, total revenues raised through property taxes - will rise 2.72 percent, rather than the maximum under the cap of almost 4.22 percent. Voters will additionally be voting on a proposed $10.75 million budget, the Amagansett Library budget, the purchase of a new school bus and the installation of new technology.

Residents need to to refer to their local districts for times and locations for voting. Those numbers exclude the City of Batavia School District, with an enrollment of 2,247, because city school district budgets are not subject to public vote.

However, during the meeting, Musto reiterated his statement from the work session that the 1.5 percent increase, which would raise the millage rate to 13.6338, would "satisfy the financial obligations the district has at this time".

The local taxpayer share of that tab is $1.33 billion.

Residents of the city of Cohoes can vote on the proposed $42,922,173 budget, which comes with a 2.92 percent increase in the tax levy, from noon to 9 p.m.at either Abram Lansing Elementary School, Harmony Hill Elementary School or at Van Schaick Island Grade School.

STAR rebates, tax freezes, checks tied to household income, checks for people with children under age 17 and the tax cap have taken the fright factor out of school taxes.

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