TODAY'S PAPER
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North Merrick school district

VOTING

2 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Harold D. Fayette School.

THE BUDGET

The district proposes a $29,936,000 school budget for 2015-16, a 1.42 percent increase from the current $29,517,000. The local tax levy would rise 1.11 percent, from $21,138,606 to $21,374,087. The increase is within the state's tax cap limit of 2.18 percent, so a simple majority vote will be required to approve the budget. School taxes on the average single-family house would increase 1.09 percent, from $4,302.23 to $4,349.10.

The proposed school budget includes estimated teacher salary increases, subject to negotiation. Current staffing and program levels are maintained.

A ballot proposition would authorize the district to spend up to $14,650,000 for improvements, including new windows, boilers, heating, site work and safety systems at its three schools. Another proposition establishes a capital reserve fund of up to $3 million for improvements to district facilities. The ballot measures would not cause the district to surpass the district's tax cap.

District website:

nmerrickschools.org

THE CANDIDATES

Incumbents Neil Brown and Steve Enella are running unopposed. Terms are three years.

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