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In Tupper Lake, the proposed budget carries a spending increase of one percent, and a tax levy increase of just over three percent.

Superintendent Seth McGowan said the budget keeps spending in check without cutting valuable educational programs.

The School Boards Association's Tim Kremer says the arrival of federal stimulus funds saved programs and jobs in some districts, but did not deter school boards from keeping spending down.

"With no increase in state operating aid this year, district officials took an especially careful look at their budgets," Kremer said.

School budget votes throughout the state will be held Tuesday, May 19.

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