Concord school taxes rise 3 percent

Monitor staff
Thursday, October 26, 2017

The education tax rate in Concord will rise about 3 percent this year.

School board members on Wednesday voted, 8-0, to put a small surplus toward a fresh fruit and vegetable program at two elementary schools and the facilities stabilization fund.

The district received notice earlier this year that Abbot-Downing and Christa McAuliffe elementary schools were losing federal funding for their fresh fruit and vegetable program because their percentage of students on free and reduced lunch had fallen below the designated threshold. An extra $25,000 from the surplus will keep the program going this year. The rest, $61,560, will go to the facilities fund.

Returning the $86,560 surplus to offset taxes would have reduced the tax rate by just 2 cents, about $5 on a $250,000 home, according to budget documents presented to the school board.

Board members also approved spending up to $160,000 on laptops for teachers using revenue generated from the sale of used iPads.

With valuations higher than expected, the local education tax rate was set Wednesday at $13.24 per $1,000 in property value. The state education rate was set at $2.30, for a combined total of $15.54 per $1,000.

(Lola Duffort can be reached at 369-3321 or lduffort@cmonitor.com.)