Evening News Briefing
Written by Dan Fischer on May 21, 2019
All eight public school districts in Genesee County have annual elections today.
In all districts, school budgets for the coming year will be decided.
Batavia City Schools are the largest district in the county. The proposed budget for next year totals 50.5-million dollars and carries a 2.9 percent increase in the tax levy.
In addition to the budget, two board of education seats will also be decided.
Alexander Central is voting on a budget that increases the tax levy by one and a half-percent levy; Byron-Bergen the tax levy increase is 2.9 percent: Elba’s tax levy increase is 2-percent; LeRoy Central proposes a 2.9 percent tax levy increase; Oakfield-Alabama Schools the tax levy increase is one-percent; Pavilion Central: the tax Levy up 1.9 percent and in the Pembroke Central Schools there is a 2-percent increase in the tax levy.
In all cases, the tax levy increase is below the state tax cap.
Voting takes place at various times. Best to check with your individual school district for voting times and locations.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R Batavia) lends his support of tax breaks for volunteer first responders.
Hawley joined other members of the Assembly Minority at a news conference yesterday in Albany, to unveil legislation that would exempt volunteer firefighters and EMS workers from state income taxes.
In order to be eligible for the proposed exemption a volunteer must be in good standing, have a minimum year of service with the fire dept., and attend at least 55% of department activities.
A Buffalo Bills player will wear O.J. Simpson’s number 32 for the first time in over 40 years. Running back Senorise Perry will wear the number for the Bills this year for the first time since 1977.
The number had never officially been retired.