Annual Budget Vote & Board of Education Election Set Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Eligible voters are invited to vote on the annual Budget, Vehicle Purchases, Establishment of the Capital Reserve Fund, Funding of the Repair Reserve Fund, Local Library Appropriation and Board of Education Election on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. in the Gowanda Middle School library.

๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ก๐—ผ. ๐Ÿญ – ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฐ-๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฑ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—•๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜
Shall the following resolution be adopted, to wit:
๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—Ÿ๐—ฉ๐—˜๐——, that the basic budget for the Gowanda Central School District (the โ€œDistrictโ€) for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2024 and ending June 30, 2025, as presented by the Board of Education of the District, in the amount of $๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿณ,๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฏ,๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฏ.๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ, is hereby approved and adopted and the required funds therefor are hereby appropriated and the necessary real property taxes required shall be raised by a tax on the taxable property in the District to be levied and collected as required by law.

๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ก๐—ผ. ๐Ÿฎ – ๐—ฃ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—•๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—จ๐˜๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฉ๐—ฒ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—™๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ (๐—ก๐—ผ ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐˜… ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—œ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜)
Shall the following resolutions be adopted, to wit:
๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—Ÿ๐—ฉ๐—˜๐——, that the Board of Education (the โ€œBoardโ€) of the Gowanda Central School District (the โ€œDistrictโ€) is hereby authorized to purchase three (3) sixty-six (66) passenger school buses for use in the transportation program of the District, at a total estimated maximum cost of $481,676.55, with such cost (or so much thereof as may be necessary) to be funded through the expenditure or application (during the current fiscal year of the District) of $247,023.40 from the Districtโ€™s Vehicle Purchase Reserve Fund to close the account and $234,653.15 from the Districtโ€™s Transportation Reserve Fund, 2021, without creating the need to borrow; and
๐—•๐—˜ ๐—œ๐—ง ๐—™๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—Ÿ๐—ฉ๐—˜๐——, that this authorization to fund the purchase of such school buses shall have no effect on the Districtโ€™s tax rate for the 2024-2025 school year.

๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ก๐—ผ. ๐Ÿฏ โ€“ ๐—˜๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—™๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—”๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—™๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—™๐˜‚๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ท๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜€ (๐—ก๐—ผ ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐˜… ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—œ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜)
Shall the following resolution be adopted, to wit:
๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—Ÿ๐—ฉ๐—˜๐——, that the Board of Education (the โ€œBoardโ€) of the Gowanda Central School District, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Erie Counties, New York (the โ€œDistrictโ€) is hereby authorized to establish a new capital improvements reserve fund pursuant to Section 3651 of the Education Law of the State of New York (the โ€œFundโ€); that the Fund shall be known as the โ€œCapital Improvements Reserve Fund, 2024โ€ of the District; that the Fund shall be established for the purpose of financing, in whole or in part, the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, expansion, renovation, alteration and improvement of buildings, facilities, sites and real property by the District, or the Districtโ€™s share of the cost of any capital improvements project undertaken by a Board of Cooperative Educational Services (โ€œBOCESโ€) of which the District is (or may become) a component district, including, in all cases, the acquisition of necessary furnishings, equipment, machinery and apparatus; that the ultimate amount of the Fund shall be not greater than $8,000,000 (plus interest earned thereon); that the probable term of the Fund shall be not longer than ten (10) years; and that the permissible sources from which the Board is authorized to appropriate monies to the Fund from time to time shall be (A) budgetary appropriations of the District; (B) unappropriated fund balance of the District; (C) State aid received as reimbursement for expenditures by the District in connection with District capital improvements (whether or not such improvements were financed in whole or in part from the Fund); (D) the proceeds from the sale of unneeded real or personal property owned by the District; (E) one or more other reserve funds of the District; and/or (F) such other sources as the Board or the voters of the District may direct from time to time, all as may be permitted by law.

๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ก๐—ผ. ๐Ÿฐ โ€“ ๐—™๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—™๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ (๐—ก๐—ผ ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐˜… ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—œ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜)
Shall the following resolution be adopted, to wit:
๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—Ÿ๐—ฉ๐—˜๐——, that the Board of Education (the โ€œBoardโ€) of the Gowanda Central School District, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Erie Counties, New York (the โ€œDistrictโ€) is hereby authorized to transfer $1,500,000 (during the 2023-2024 fiscal year of the District) from the unassigned fund balance of the District to the Districtโ€™s recently-established Repair Reserve Fund which is to be operated pursuant to General Municipal Law Section 6-d for the purpose of financing the cost of non-recurring repairs to District capital improvements and equipment.

๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ก๐—ผ. ๐Ÿฑ โ€“ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—”๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป
Shall the following resolution be adopted, to wit:
๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—Ÿ๐—ฉ๐—˜๐——, that the annual appropriation for the support and operation of the Gowanda Free Library be increased from $59,000 to $60,180 and that the Board of Education of the Gowanda Central School District, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Erie Counties, New York, be authorized to levy and collect the necessary taxes in the District for the payment thereof.

๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€
All registered residents and qualified voters may vote on the three at-large available seats. The candidate receiving the largest number of votes shall be elected to a three-year term commencing May 22, 2024, through June 30, 2027. The two candidates receiving, respectively, the second and third-largest number of votes will be elected to serve three-year terms commencing on July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2027.

  • ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜… ๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—บ
  • ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜
  • ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ
  • ๐—–๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ ๐— ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜
  • ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น
Voters may write in the name(s) of any individual(s) who is not listed on the ballot.

๐—ฉ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป
Qualified voters of the District shall be entitled to vote at such annual vote and election. A qualified voter is one who is (1) a citizen of the United States of America, (2) eighteen years of age or older, and (3) resident within the District for a period of thirty (30) days next preceding the annual vote and election. The School District may require all persons offering to vote at the budget vote and election to provide one form of proof of residency pursuant to Education Law ยง2018-c. Such form may include a driverโ€™s license, a non-driver identification card, a utility bill, or a voter registration card. Upon offer of proof of residency, the District may also require all persons offering to vote to provide their signature, printed name and address.

๐—”๐—ฏ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ๐˜๐˜€
Applications for absentee ballots are available from the District Clerk. Special regulations govern absentee ballots. Call 716-532-3325, ext. 6300 for information.
โ–ช May 14: Deadline for absentee ballot applications if ballot is to be mailed to the voter.
โ–ช May 20: Deadline for absentee ballot applications if ballot is to be picked up by the voter.

โ–ช May 21, 5:00 p.m.: Deadline for absentee ballots to be received by the District Clerk.

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