It's school budget day across New York state, as voters decide the fate of school spending plans and local school board contests.
Last year, 98% of school budgets were approved, but voter turnout is only expected to be around 10%.
This year's highlights include a $45 million facilities package in Albany that would include a new permanent middle school at North Albany Academy. In Saratoga Springs, the question of whether to re-arm grounds monitors will rest with a new school board. 7 candidates are running for 3 open seats. Of those seven, 4 are said to favor re-arming the monitors, 3 do not.
While the average property tax increase is around 2 1/2%, voters in Johnstown are being asked to approve a 35% increase. School officials say this will help with capital project expenditures. A super majority will be required for budget approval.
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