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Proposed budget adopted by Tonawanda City School Board

The Tonawanda City Schools Board of Education unanimously adopted Tuesday a proposed $33.7 million budget for 2017-18 which includes a tax increase but stays under the state mandated tax cap.

The budget proposes an increase of 3.19 percent in the tax levy, from $11.4 million to $11.8 million, which would result in a tax hike of $51.40 per year for an average $92,000 home there. The current tax rate is $17.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. It would jump to $18.06 per $1,000 if the 2017-18 spending plan is approved by voters on May 16.

The overall spending in the budget is up 5.89 percent from the current budget, but state aid will rise by nearly $600,000, an increase of 3.78 percent, and sales tax receipts are up by $650,000, according to the school district.

The proposed plan would create additional support for special education teachers and provide additional funds for technology support.

In addition to the budget, the Board of Education will ask voters to consider a special proposition to create an $8 million capital reserve fund and vote on two board seats.

Voting will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 16 in the Tonawanda High School Wellness Gym, 150 Hinds St.

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