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Troy City School District passes its budget

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Albany/HV: Troy City School District passes its budget
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Tuesday was a long night for school districts around the Capital Region as they waited for budget decisions. So many are suffering cutbacks and layoffs in the face of state aid shortfalls and rising pension and health care costs. Our Erin Vannella covered the Troy City School District budget and has more.

TROY, N.Y. -- The Troy City School District has passed its budget for the 2011-2012 school year: 721 taxpayers voted in favor to 569 against.

The $92 million budget includes a 2.2 percent decrease in spending and a nearly three percent tax levy increase. The budget also includes layoffs and wage freezes for district teachers.

Folks we talked to say heading to the polls for the vote made for a tough decision.

"Everybody says oh, it's for the children, it's for the children, but it's not. It's for the employees, it's for the administrators," Troy resident Ed Mack said.

"There are probably other things they could do, whether they want to listen to them or not, is yet to be seen," said Troy resident Caroline Martin.

Also part of the budget, School 12 is officially closing at the end of the year.

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