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Utica City School District budget approved

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Utica City School District budget approved
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UTICA, N.Y. -- A budget for the Utica City School District has been approved.

The board of education passed the $138 million budget 6 to 1. It includes about 99 positions cuts and a two percent tax increase. This comes on the heels of 150 positions cuts last year. But the superintendent says they were left with little choice.

"I'm happy we have a budget that's completed. I'm unhappy about the cuts, it's devastating, it's devastating to the community, it's devastating to the school system," said Bruce Karam, Utica Schools Superintendent.

There may be some hope for at least a few of those jobs. The final numbers for education funding in the state budget were released Tuesday night, and Utica schools did see a boost in funding. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP