Weekly Feature

2018-03-08 / Front Page

Cheektowaga Central holds hearing on preliminary budget


The Cheektowaga Central School Board reviewed the first draft of the 2018-19 budget at Tuesday’s board meeting, with District Treasurer Kaitlyn Tokarczyk explaining that the district’s overall goal is to tie its fiscal plan to its educational plan.

“We want to establish a budget that allocates resources in the most efficient and effective manner while meeting the district and board goals, while also being supported by the community.”

The proposed budget sees a $2.15 million, or 4.95 percent, increase from the 2017-18 budget. Total spending is roughly $45.4 million, while total revenue tops $44.7 million.

That leaves a budget gap estimated at more than $626,000, which needs to be resolved by Tuesday, April 17, when the budget is scheduled for adoption. The public will vote on the spending plan on Tuesday, May 15.

According to Tokarczyk, the proposed tax levy is nearly $24.8 million, which represents an increase of more than $759,000, or 3.15 percent.

The estimated tax rate increase for 2018-19 is 58 cents per $1,000, meaning that a home with an assessed value of $100,000 would see a total tax increase of $58.

Tokarczyk said it is still very early in the budget process.

The next budget work session will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in the high school boardroom, 3600 Union Road, Cheektowaga.

To find out more about this and other district-related news, visit cheektowagak12.org.

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