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Early G-M school budget up 5.6%

TURNERS FALLS — As initially presented, the preliminary budget for Gill-Montague schools in the next academic year is close to a million dollars higher than the current budget.

The preliminary general budget presented last month called for $17,926,168. This is a $957,800, or 5.6 percent, increase over the budget approved for the current school year.

This year’s final budget of $16,968,368 represented a $400,728, or 2.4 percent, increase over the previous year.

Tuesday’s Gill-Montague Regional School Committee meeting will feature a public hearing and second vote on the preliminary budget, which failed to receive the two-thirds necessary to pass last month.

Preliminary local assessments are similarly high. Montague’s projected assessment comes to $8,693,882 — a $728,325 or 9.1 percent increase over the current year — and Gill’s preliminary assessment comes to $1,515,360, an increase of $76,017, or 5.28 percent.

The district’s preliminary budget numbers have been significantly higher than the final budget figures approved each March for at least the past three years, and preliminary numbers typically change from meeting to meeting.

The hearing, to be followed by the regular School Committee meeting, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Turners Falls High School.

You can reach Chris Curtis at: ccurtis@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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