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SCHOOL BUDGET IS OK'D; SPENDING GOES UP 5.41%

The Lackawanna School Board approved a $33,224,000 budget Wednesday evening, representing a 5.41 percent spending increase over the current year.

The actual tax levy is projected at 2.83 percent over last year. However, the increase in taxes to be paid by homeowners and businesses won't be known until June, according to Sameh Masrey, the district's financial consultant.

A public meeting to discuss the budget will be scheduled in early May, and voters going to 12 polling places on May 17 will decide its fate.

The board approved an $8,500 incentive for members of the Lackawanna Competitive Educational Secretaries who wish to retire before Sept. 1. The incentive had been $6,000. The union represents two dozen secretaries.

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