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The Batavia City School District will put a $40-million budget before voters this May.
The spending plan increases the tax levy by 2.5 percent…that figure is probably close to the increase in the actual tax rate, but that has yet to be determined.
The budget takes into account the consolidation plan that includes the closing of Robert Morris Elementary and the shifting of elementary grades to other district buildings.

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A LeRoy man has pleaded guilty to trying to make crystal meth.  Nicholas Sadwick was arrested following a search of his home two years ago.
The raid turned up materials used in the so-called “one-pot” method of making methamphetamine.
Sentencing for the 25 year old Sadwick is set for July. 
He faces up to 10 years in prison.

It will now be twice as hard for a Batavia woman to get out on bail for allegedly bilking hundreds of thousands from two elderly people.
Bail for Heidi Schollard has now been set at $50,000, twice the original amount, and the possibility of her being released under supervision has been revoked.
Schollard sobbed as Judge Robert Noonan doubled her bail after reviewing her case.
Schollard is charged with fraud, grand larceny and forgery for allegedly stealing more than 300-thousand dollars from two elderly women. 
Schollard was reportedly their care giver.  

Another step has been taken toward a consolidation of the city and town of Batavia.
City Council last night voted unanimously to ask the state legislature to authorize the city and town to vote on consolidation.
The measure was approved in an unannounced business meeting last night.
It is a technical step toward consolidation.
The actual vote by residents of the town and the city is planned for Election Day this November.

A budget bill awaiting passage by the State legislature this week would create a seven member commission to oversee legal betting operations in New York State.  It would be made up of professionals who would control lottery, charitable gaming, casinos and horse racing.
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