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NY residents face tough choices on school budgets.

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Voters in around 700 school districts across the state will go the polls May 17th to consider school budgets, and many will be asked to okay a tax increase, as well as approve program cuts, and in some cases, layoffs. More on that from Karen Dewitt in Albany.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

The New York State School Boards Association’s Tim Kremer, says a survey of school districts across the state finds the average budget increase is around 2%, and the average tax levy would go up by nearly three and a half percent, if voters approve the school budgets.

Kremer says cuts in school aid in the state budget is fueling the tax hikes. Nevertheless he expects, based on past track records, that most budgets will be approved. 

“I think we’re going to be over 90% in our passage rate,” said Kremer.

The School Boards say even with the tax hikes, there’s likely to be anywhere between 6000 and 10,000 layoffs of teachers around the state as a result of  the new school budgets.

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