Local residents are heading to the polls today to vote on school district budgets and elect school board members.

In Utica, voters will decide on a $173 million budget that contains no property tax increase.  Three candidates are running for two school board seats.

The Rome School District budget totals $115 million and also holds the line on property taxes.

According to the New York State School Boards Association, the average proposed school district tax levy increase in will be 1.48 percent, well below the 2 percent property tax cap.

Polls are open from noon to 9:00.

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