Sequestration is costing the Utica School District another ten teaching positions and one additional staffing position, according to school board president Chris Salatino.

He says instead of the original proposal to cut 88 positions in the budget, that means the layoffs will jump now to 99.

If that funding is restored, though, the district will save as many positions as it can, he said.

Regarding the budget challenges Utica schools face,''You can only scream so loud, and nobody's listening,'' Salatino said.

So why not raise taxes higher, beyond the 2-percent tax cap?

''It's a difficult thing to do, and the taxpayers don't have it. We can't go back to the taxpayers, they have no more to give.''

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