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East Aurora schools plan on exceeding tax cap

Posted at 11:14 PM, Mar 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-29 23:14:59-04

The East Aurora School Board has some serious budget decisions they need to make within the next couple of weeks.

The board is looking to make cuts where ever they can. In the proposed budget as many as eight teachers could lose their jobs.  

Even with cutting back on payroll, the district says, they will ask voters to exceed the tax cap. That requires a 60% yes vote in May.

During the first proposal of the upcoming East Aurora Budget, the board suggested cutting kindergarten to half days. That suggestion was disliked by most parents and ultimately removed from the budget proposal.

Paul Blowers, the district’s business manager says, cutting back on kindergarten could save the district close to a quarter of a million dollars.

A big reason the district needs to make cuts is because of additional costs for transportation and BOCES.
If voters do not approve exceeding the tax budget, the district believes even more teachers would lose their jobs.

This is the first time the East Aurora School Board will be asking voters to approve a budget over the tax cap.

Click here for more on the East Aurora school budget proposal.