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Auburn school board mulls options in wake of upcoming budget deficit

With a deficit rapidly approaching, the Auburn Enlarged City School District Board of Education discussed its options to impact that gap.

At its meeting at the Auburn High School library Tuesday night, district Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo told board members he wanted to get a sense of how they wanted to approach that shortfall. Pirozzolo said he wanted to talk to them about how they feel about using reserve funds and acknowledged that some board members wanted to discuss the district's 2.21-percent tax cap given by the state. The district has said for years that it doesn't receive its fair share of state aid.

"Until the state listens to what our needs are and they finally realize, 'Wait, something's not right here,' and they make a fix, but until then it's up to us sitting here at this table," Pirozzolo said.

Board member Salvatore "Sam" Giangreco had doubts about using the reserves.

"Spending the reserves, my feeling is this: We're spending an insurance policy, just like if you have insurance on your house and you got to pay bills and you do something, you're going to dip into that and it's not there when you need it," Giangreco said.

Board member Ian Phillips brought up the idea of exceeding the cap, which would require than a 60-percent majority vote from the community to pass.

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