Niagara Gazette


April 29, 2013

Lew-Port superintendent, some board members not keen on trying to exceed tax cap.


Niagara Gazette — “If you’ve ever been laid off, you can understand the hardships the staff will be going through,” Fox said. “I really believe we have a fantastic school district here and I believe the people will do the right thing.”

One area district officials have focused on recently is the situation New York put the district in financially. They believe failures on the state’s part, like the continuation of the Gap Elimination Adjustment originally instituted by Gov. David Paterson following the housing market collapse in 2008, directly contributed to a potential tax increase above the levy limit.

And they may be correct.

Lewiston-Porter is responsible for paying state aid back to Albany, as will every school district, in 2013. It’s responsible for $1.8 million, a figure which if allowed to remain at Lew-Port would eliminate the need for any tax levy increase at all. It balances Roser’s budget, though it still requires the cuts he originally proposed.

Riordan said pressure from New York is the prime reason the district is turning to the taxpayers for additional support.

“We all pay money to New York state,” the board president said. “And every year, they fail to pay us what they promise us in their formulas. We have no other choice but to turn to the taxpayer.”

BIG RED NUMBER 5.5 Percentage increase in the tax levy in Lew-Port's 2013-14 spending plan. It exceeds the tax cap.

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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