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Control board expected to reduce role

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Buffalo's control board appears ready to relinquish much of its power over the finances of City Hall and the Buffalo School District.

With local public finances in crisis in 2003, the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority was created to grab control of collective-bargaining agreements and other large-scale expenditures.

In its current "hard" status,  panel approval is needed for any expenditure over $50,000.

A May 29th vote may turn the board into a "soft" advisory status, but the board will remain in place until 2037 and could return to a hard status if it's considered necessary.