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District-by-district preview of school elections in Erie, Niagara counties

Voters go to the polls today to decide budgets and propositions, and to elect members to their district’s school boards

News Staff Reports
Updated: May 18, 2010, 2:38 pm / 13 comments
Published: May 11, 2010, 3:34 pm


Grand Island

• Candidates (Elect 2): Thomas Franz (i), Neil Seaman (i), Donna Tomkins and Paul Krull.

• Total budget: $51.8 million, unchanged.

• Property tax rate per $1,000 assessed value: $39.17, up 0.24 percent.

• Total amount to be raised through property taxes: $27.2 million, up 2.79 percent.

• Taxes on $100,000 home (market value): $1,821.

• Percentage of budget from property taxes: 52 percent.

• Percent of budget from state aid: 31 percent.

• Proposition 2: Replace seven school buses, two pickup trucks with snow plows and one lawn tractor for an amount not to exceed $767,700.

• Polls open: 10 a. m. to 9 p. m. in the high school gym, 1100 Ransom Road.


Voters will consider a $51.8 million budget that reflects a spending decrease of $1,000. Voters also will elect two people to seven-member School Board; terms are three years. The candidates are:

• Thomas J. Franz, 46, incumbent completing his first term.

• Neil R. Seaman, 53, an incumbent.

• Donna E. Tomkins, 51, a corporate travel agent for Sevenson Environmental Services.

• Paul W. Krull, 45, a supervisor in the Erie County Department of Social Services.

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