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December 26, 2012

Early start to budget at Niagara-Wheatfield

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Niagara Gazette — One way he said buildings and grounds can help keep its staff at least the same despite more tough times ahead is to start charging organizations using the district’s buildings to help offset costs to clean and maintain supplies.

He said his proposal is as lean as he said he can possibly make it this year.

“The budget I’m asking for is really lacking,” he said. “There’s no fluff in what (he presented). We’ll be lucky, actually, if we’re not in the red by the end of this year. But we’ll get through. We always do.”

The transportation request is similar to previous years, Dallessandro said. The only difference is he’s recommending an increase to the budgeted amount for fuel because prices have remained higher than he expected this year.

“We’re looking ahead to next year,” he said. “There’s no reductions ... or increases in service in this budget. We’re looking to roll ahead to next year without much change.”

He’s also recommending the district resume its regular purchasing of buses to phase out about eight from its fleet.

Part of the solution to this past year’s budget solution was to delay purchasing new buses this year, which Dallessandro said could have adverse effects on district transportation.

“When you have a fleet like Niagara-Wheatfield does, we recommend rotating out a portion of the number not only because the buses get old, but because the new ones have newer technology, whether it’s brakes or other things. and they also have new warranties, which saves on labor and parts costs.”

Discussion pertaining to the district’s general fund, which contains the bulk of the district’s spending, will begin in the new year.

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