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April 23, 2014, 2:36 am
970 WMAY News

Proposed Budget Cuts Met With Public Calls for Tax Increase


As the Springfield school board continues to debate millions of dollars in proposed budget cuts, a growing chorus of parents is urging the district to consider seeking new revenue in the form of a tax increase, rather than relying solely on staff and program reductions.

 

More than a dozen people spoke against proposals ranging from reductions in the number of teachers, librarians and security staff to increases in average class size to 31.

 

A number of the parents who addressed the board said they would support a property tax increase to fund educational basics, and would encourage others to do the same.

 

The district is trying to chip away at an $11 million dollar deficit. The proposals also include the closure of consolidation of two elementary schools and rollbacks in other programs.

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