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School vote: In Westbury, support in face of higher taxes

Leslie Davis, 47, took her son, Matthew, 12, with her to the polls at Westbury Middle School Tuesday. Davis knows all about school board elections, as she was elected to the Westbury Public Schools board last year. This year, three candidates are running for two seats.

Davis said she voted for the proposed budget but would not say which candidates she voted for.

“I hope whoever wins works effectively and collectively with the current board,” she said.

Another voter, Stephen Wilk, 68, cast his ballot against the budget and said the district could do a better job of educating children for the money.

“The taxes are extremely high,” he said.

The proposed $109,707,104 budget is 4.19 percent higher than the current budget and the tax levy would be 5.51 percent tax higher. The school tax paid on an average single-family house would be $8,924, a 7.2 percent increase.

Michelle Ottley, 41, who has a child in the district and is a teacher in another district, supports the budget.

“It’s crazy right now and it’s important to come out for the schools. I hope people vote ‘yes,’” she said, “but I understand if they have to make their own choices.”

Floyd Ewing Jr. said he has lived in the district since 1972 and votes every year. He supports the budget but also voted in favor because he “wants the district to run in a smooth manner” and supports education for the community’s children.

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