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School district budgets up for approval

School district budgets up for approval

Polling times, locations vary from district to district
School district budgets up for approval
Nikayuna residents head into the high school to vote on the school budget on June 18, 2013.
Photographer: Gazette file photo

Residents in school districts across the region and the state will be asked to approve school district budgets for the 2018-2019 school year today.

In 38 Capital Region districts, more than $1.1 billion in local taxes and $2.2 billion in education spending will be up for approval, as will dozens of proposals for school bus purchases, land purchases and capital projects. 

Local districts are asking voters to support the highest average tax levy increases in five years. Schenectady City School District, though, is offering city residents a school budget that cuts the tax levy 1 percent.

While most districts were spared budget cuts, districts like Mohonasen and Johnstown are eliminating a dozen positions or more.

Districts operate different polling times and locations, so voters should check with their local districts for polling information. Polls open as early as 7 a.m. and close as late as 9 p.m. 

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