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2017-05-17 / Front Page

2017-18 school budget passes overwhelmingly

The results of the May 17 budget vote are in, and the Clarence community has voted overwhelmingly to pass the Clarence Central School District’s $80.2 million budget for the 2017-18 school year.

Two incumbents and one newcomer, all unopposed on the ballot, were also elected to the Clarence Board of Education.

The district’s budget for 2017-18 will include a 1.7 percent rise in the tax levy, which will garner roughly $800,000 and will result in an estimated tax rate of $14.67 per $1,000 assessed value. For a home assessed at $200,000, the increase in the levy would be $28 per year.

Additionally, residents voted to adopt a second proposition during this year’s vote — a bus purchase that includes five 72-seat passenger buses, two wheelchair vans and two 30-seat passenger buses.

Incumbents Tricia Andrews and Matthew Stock were re-elected to the Board of Education, while East Amherst resident Dawn Snyder will see her first term as a board member.

Maryellen Kloss, the current president of the School Board, did not file for re-election.

All three seats carry three-year terms, which will run from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2020.

The totals for this year’s vote can be found below:

Proposition #1: 2017-18 School Budget
YES - 1,301, NO - 318

Proposition #2: Purchase of Buses
YES - 1,252, NO - 357

Board of Education - Three-Year Term 
Tricia Andrews - 1,257
Matthew Stock - 1,253
Dawn Snyder - 1,241

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