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WHEATFIELD – The Niagara USA Chamber has declared that it will “publicly and actively” oppose any proposed school budget this spring in Niagara County that exceeds the state property tax cap.

“The integrity of the property tax cap must be maintained,” said Kory Schuler, the Chamber’s director of government affairs. The cap is 2 percent plus exceptions set in state law, and thus differs from district to district.

“We understand that districts are challenged, and we support their efforts to get relief from costly state mandates, which is highly important. But asking overburdened taxpayers to cough up more beyond the tax cap is not the right answer,” Schuler said Wednesday. “If we have to urge people to vote against a school budget, we are prepared to do that.”