CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) - Residents have tough decisions to make when they head to the polls. The tax caps and less state aid has made balancing the budget tricky for schools throughout the region. In Clarence 60 percent of voters need to vote in favor or budget that includes a 9.8 percent increase for it to pass and voters seem split.
News 4 spoke with Clarence residents about whether they think 60 percent of the town will vote for the increase.
Jeff Showalter said, "Ten percent (tax increase) I think that's rough. There's a lot of people where things are tight."
Harris Hill Elementary PTO President Tricia Andrews said, "I totally believe it'll pass. It has support. Clarence taxes are low as it is. No one wants a tax hike but our schools are great and we need to keep them that way and we have to do our part."
In addition to Clarence, some tough decisions need to be made in other school districts. In Niagara Wheatfield, cutting kindergarten was once an option, but has since been taken off the table. The budget now calls for a 5.91 percent increase, which includes cutting six teaching positions.
Tuesday night you can find budget vote results in your district on News 4 and on WIVB.com.
The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office says a tractor trailer crashed on Route 39, in the Town of Eagle.
One letter was about the violent altercation between Jim Ying and another employee, and in the other letter Ying described why the restaurant is closing.
A Good Samaritan died Wednesday while trying to assist the driver of a tractor trailer who got stuck in the snow.
Lake Effect Snow Warnings today with the chance for an additional foot for some areas.
TYRE, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York developer says he wants to build a $350 million casino in the Finger Lakes.
There is another Lake Effect Snow Warning in effect for Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties from Thursday through early Friday.