Niagara Gazette

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April 9, 2013

Latest Lew-Port budget measures eliminate more postions, international exchange program

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Niagara Gazette — Since its inception, the GEA has taken $6.9 million through this year, with an additional $1.9 million lost next year.

The reality of the nearly $9 million lost in the four years has left Roser needing to propose a 4 percent tax levy increase despite proposing a budget which reduces spending by more than $1.1 million.

"We thought we were going to get by without doing what we're doing now," Roser said. "We were able to work with our Lewiston-Porter United Teachers to give back. We thought we were making a dent in our loss of aid. But it was $6.9 million. All of the cuts we made, the savings we realized, weren't even close to $6.9 million. It was spinning away from us, we weren't catching up."

Line-by-line investigation of small items like postage and substitutes as a way to close a budget gap left LPUT President Kevin Jaruszewski upset Tuesday.

Jaruszewski said the district needs to simply put the ramifications of the proposed budget out to the public and let taxpayers decide what they want the school district, which was ranked sixth in Western New York in 2012, according to Buffalo Business First, to become.

He said asking district taxpayers to shoulder a 5 percent levy increase — an extra $200 per year, he said — would really help finance much of the programs without needing to nitpick the small items.

"What do you want us to become," he said. "We could avoid all this with just another point increase in the tax levy. We're not talking about 8 or 9 percent here. When it starts to hurt them personally, that's when they take notice. We need to let people know how it'll affect them. We need to come out and say 'Without this, sports and music are gone next year.'"

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

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