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SCHOOL BOARD ADOPTS $28.1 MILLION BUDGET

The Tonawanda School Board unanimously adopted its proposed $28.1 million budget for the 2005-06 school year during a brief session on Friday evening.

On May 17, residents will vote on the budget, which would raise the property tax rate by 3.02 percent.

The budget was adopted by a 6-0 count. Board member Anthony Melchiorre was absent during the vote. Last year's tax increase was more than 7 percent.

"In the four years I've been here, this is the best budget we've ever presented, in terms of fairness to students and taxpayers," Superintendent George Batterson said earlier this week.

A public hearing is scheduled for May 10.

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