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Newport Budget Proposal Critiqued at Public Hearing

In Newport New Hampshire, the school board and residents met Thursday to discuss the proposed 2016-2017 budget, but it was not without questions. The school district invited members of the public to a hearing at 6 PM last night in the Newport Middle High School.

The 18 million dollar budget has been increased by half a million dollars from last year and the school district plans to draw increased tuition revenues from surrounding towns to cover an increased tax rate of around 1 dollar.

Additionally, students would pay $35 once a year to take part in co-curricular activities. Residents were curious as to the causes for the increase from last year and made their concerns known to the board.

School officials explained that the increase was because of benefits and health insurance for school faculty.

Currently, there are additional articles that may be implemented into the budget the Newport School Board will meet with the Budget Advisory Committee on January 18th to discuss further.

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