Tightening Belts Not Enough to Avoid Tax Hikes

April 5, 2011 Updated Apr 5, 2011 at 11:25 PM EDT

By John Borsa

April 5, 2011 Updated Apr 5, 2011 at 11:25 PM EDT

TONAWANDA, NY (WKBW) - There is not just one worst-case scenario in the Kenmore-Tonawanda School District this budget season.

There are three . Each comes with layoffs and tax hikes.

"We've gotten some union concessions," said Mark Mondanaro, Ken-Ton's superintendent. "We're trying to put ourselves in the place of the student."

Administrators have agreed to a wage freeze and the district is considering dipping into its fund balance.

The district needs to close an estimated $18.3 million budget gap. It is presenting three options to residents.

Option 1: A tax hike of 14 percent and the elimination of 42 full-time positions.

Option 2: A tax hike of 10 percent and the elimination of 40 full-time positions.

Option 3: A tax hike of 7 percent and as many as 100 layoffs. Class sizes would increase to near the state maximum.

The school board will hold a public work session Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at 3200 Elmwood Avenue.