TODAY'S PAPER
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VOTING

6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Huntington High School.

THE BUDGET

The district proposes a $126,213,223 budget for 2017-18, a 2.53 percent increase from the current $123,100,263. The tax levy would increase 1.35 percent, from $103,421,141 to $104,814,107.

This increase is within the district’s tax-cap limit of 1.89 percent, so a simple majority vote will be required to approve the budget. School taxes on the average single-family house would increase 1.15 percent, from $8,259 to $8,354.

The district is in budget negotiations with teachers, so estimated salary increases are subject to negotiations. The proposed budget adds 4.4 teaching positions. The spending plan also would add a research-focused Advanced Placement Capstone elective.

A proposition asks for authorization to spend $2,495,000 from the district’s 2008 and 2013 capital-reserve funds on infrastructure and building needs, including a new roof at Washington Primary School, two boilers at Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School, doors at Finley Middle School and Woodhull Intermediate, and a security vestibule at Southdown Primary School. Approval of the proposition would have no effect on taxes, officials said.

A second proposition establishes an eight-year, $12.5 million Building Improvement Fund for capital improvements with surplus funds, budget appropriations and interest accrued on the funds over the lifetime of the fund.

THE CANDIDATES

Incumbents Jennifer Hebert and Xavier Palacios are running unopposed for two at-large seats. Terms are three years.

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