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School District Budget Shortfall Could Raise Property Taxes

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As the City of Albany waits to hear if the state will contribute $12.5 million to close a budget gap, residents are being cautioned to prepare for a tax hike.

In what's become a waiting game for city officials and taxpayers, Mayor Kathy Sheehan, hoping the state budget due in March rescues city finances, has instituted a hiring freeze and is considering program cuts. But taxes could still go up, thanks to a DIFFERENT budget's shortfall. The Albany School District is looking to the state to fill a 1.8 million dollar shortfall. State aid accounts for 42 per cent of the district’s budget. There is no plan in place to wean either spending plan off state funding.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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