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Merrick school district

VOTING

7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Norman J. Levy Lakeside School.

THE BUDGET

The district proposes a $46,911,578 budget for 2015-16, a 2.42 percent increase from the current $45,801,563. The local tax levy would rise 2.4 percent, from $37,726,907 to $38,630,878.

The increase is within the state's tax-cap limit of 2.42 percent, so a simple majority vote will be required to approve the budget. The district did not provide the dollar amount of the school tax on an average single-family home, citing the unavailability of final assessment figures.

The proposed budget includes estimated teacher salary increases subject to negotiation. Programs and staffing would be maintained at current levels.

District website:

merrick.k12.ny.us

THE CANDIDATES

Linda Wilk and incumbents Pamela Banks and Nancy Kaplan are running unopposed. Board member Susan Schwartz is not seeking re-election. Terms are three years.

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