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Tough times ahead for school finances

   With cuts in state aid affecting public school districts throughout the region, school officials are warning taxpayers that they'll be enlisting their help -- raising their taxes -- to try and make up the difference.

   Many school officials say that even extreme budget frugality and the delay of new academic programs won't make up for a loss in aid that makes up a huge chunk of their operating budgets.

   While small tax increases tend to pass during school budget votes, the question remains as to whether taxpayers will be willing to step up to the plate when it comes to swallowing a bigger bill.



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