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Concord School Board to hold public budget hearing tonight

The first public hearing on the Concord School District’s budget will be held at 5:30 tonight in the cafetorium at Christa McAuliffe School.

The proposed $73 million budget, up 2.21 percent from last year, includes a larger technology budget aimed at increasing wireless access and providing iPads for students as educational tools. The majority of the increase comes from salary increases and higher retirement contributions.

Revenue estimates sit around $24.5 million, leaving $46.6 million to taxpayers. That would set the tax rate at approximately $13.43 per $1,000.

Concord parents and community members can ask questions and learn more about the budget at tonight’s hearing. Another hearing will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at Mill Brook School. The board will hold a special meeting on March 27 to vote on the budget.

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or kronayne@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @kronayne.)

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