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Chautauqua Lake pleased with tax cap, not with assembly

October 10, 2012
By DAVE O’CONNOR - CORRESPONDENT ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

MAYVILLE - During a focused discussion about future school district budgets, members of the Chautauqua Lake Central School Board of Education concluded at their Wednesday, Sept. 26 session the state-imposed 2 percent tax cap helps insure voter approval.

"There's just a weariness out there with taxes, especially in New York," board Vice President Jay Baker said. "People out there just see all these taxes."

"I would suggest we keep the tax cap," board member Timothy Hill said.

He explained future budgets should be designed to strictly limit property tax increases at 2 percent or less.

As in previous sessions, members agreed the state legislature must soon deal with consolidation among small, mostly rural school districts. Chautauqua Lake and other upstate school districts have expressed deep unhappiness with the New York State Assembly's refusal earlier this year to even consider legislation for so-called regional schools.

Chautauqua Lake currently employs 84 teachers, 16 fewer than seven years ago. However, the district's student population this September declined below 800 for the first time ever. Other local districts also have ever smaller student populations with the ironic result that class sizes could be increased in a regional school at little or no extra cost while tax payers would be freed from the burden of fixed costs caused by too many schools serving too few students.

In other business the board approved presentation of the musical "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," but not without a discussion about Dorcas, the name of one of the brides' names in the script.

Board member Michael Ludwig believes the name will be a "distraction" when the musical is presented March 8 and 9, 2013. Ludwig thinks the "dorc" in Dorcas will be an unintended laugh line.

Superintendent Benjamin Spitzer promised to look into it.

Chris Dole and Ehrich Zollinger were approved respectively as boys' varsity and junior varsity basketball coaches.

Joseph Lantz and Amy Pomeroy, both certified, were added to the district's instructional substitute list while Ricky Young was added to the non-instructional substitute list for maintenance.



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