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Herkimer taxpayers voting on property tax increase, cuts, and school bus purchase

By WKTV News

HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - In Herkimer, taxpayers are voting on a 5.74 percent property tax rate increase.

The Board of Education at the Herkimer Central School District was able to keep spending at the same level as last year, but not without cuts.

Superintendent Carol Zygo says there are 13 proposed layoffs, including both teachers in the business program. There will also be a reduction in the speech and occupational therapy services.

Zygo said she hopes the community supports the tough decision the board had to make.

"This community has proudly supported its budgets every year, so we are hoping that our taxpayers realize that we have tried to hold the line on spending at a difficult time and are willing to support the programs that we offer here," she said.

There's also a proposition to vote on Tuesday night, it involves the purchase of two new school buses, expected to cost no more than $218,000. They will replace two buses that are ten years old.

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