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Niagara Falls board approves school budget with no tax increase

Niagara Falls taxpayers will pay the same tax levy under the 2018-19 budget passed Thursday by the Niagara Falls Board of Education.

The levy will be $25.8 million.

The board hasn't increased taxes since 2013, district spokeswoman Judie Glaser said.

Before that, the last time the levy rose was in 1993.

The $144.2 million budget increases spending by 2.34 percent, Glaser said.

Niagara Falls received a $2.1 million increase in state aid for 2018-19.

Last year, despite a zero tax increase, the district needed a supermajority vote to pass its budget because of how the state calculated the district's tax cap. This year, however, only a simple majority will be needed at the polls May 15, Glaser said.

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