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Audio: Niagara Falls School Board opens up in debate on tax increase

It's not that often a local governing body engages in a serious debate in as open a way as the Niagara Falls School Board did on Tuesday night.

Board members spent nearly an hour talking about the district's financial position, and whether things are going to be so bad for the 2015-16 budget that the district should raise taxes at least a little bit for the upcoming school year.

In other words, soften the blow a year from now by increasing taxes a smaller amount now.

Board members openly talked about a key component of such a proposal - would enough voters approve it at the polls?

Since the district is already at its limit under the state tax cap, 60 percent of voters would have to say yes in order for it to be approved.

Here's the audio of the discussion on a potential tax increase:

Here's the story from Tuesday night summarizing the discussion.


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Aaron Besecker

Aaron Besecker

Aaron Besecker joined The Buffalo News in 2007, where he has covered communities in Western New York as a beat reporter, multimedia journalist and assistant online editor. A Buffalo native, he began his career in journalism at the Niagara Gazette.

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