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School District Voting Today

New York residents are voting on their school districts' proposed budgets for next year.

Authorities say the average proposed tax levy increase statewide is 2.8 percent, with school spending rising about the same amount, driven by increases in contributions to employee retirement systems

Locally the proposed budgets range from Clarence Schools proposing a 9.08 percent increase in the amount of money raised by taxes, and tiny Kendall in Orleans County decreasing both spending and the tax levy by almost 20 percent.

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This is the second year school districts are working under New York's tax cap law, which generally limits tax levy increases to 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is less.

Budget proposals that exceed the cap need a 60 percent supermajority of votes to pass. Clarence and Lewiston Porter are the only two districts in Western New York that are asking voters to do so.  

The New York State School Boards Association says about 96 percent of districts are staying within the cap, with most of them drawing on reserve funds to be able to do that without further cuts in programs and services.

Voting times on Tuesday vary by school district.