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August 20, 2013

Raises off the table at Niagara-Wheatfield?


Niagara Gazette — Sabo wasn't willing to predict the outcome of the vote, seemingly due to the board's mixed reaction to the raise proposal at the previous meeting.

As it was discussed, the motion to table was met with resistance from both board vice president Rich Halleen and board member Richard Sirianni. Christopher Peters also expressed a lack of support for the pay increases, though he agreed to table the measure.

Sirianni especially led the charge against the proposed raises, citing the district's recent tax levy increases and budget conversations.

He said he'll enter tonight's meeting maintaining his position.

"I think I need to," he said. "The citizens and taxpayers who've called me cannot believe the district's taken this position. They think it's disrespectful to the taxpayers.

"We're still two months removed from talking about a half-day kindergarten. We're two months removed from talking about eliminating arts and music. We're two months removed from talking about cutting sports. We're two months removed from another tax increase. I have a good labor background, but there's times when you can't do that."

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

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