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PROPOSED SCHOOL BUDGET SHOWS 2 PERCENT INCREASE

A $12.5 million budget for 2005-06 in the North Collins School District is an increase of 2 percent over the current spending plan, according to business administrator Michele Straeck.

Straeck, addressing a meeting of the School Board Wednesday night, was unable to say how much more residents will pay in property taxes.

She said preliminary budget figures pointed to a 6 percent increase in spending, but since then, cuts were made in legal fees, computer hardware and transportation.

Straeck said rising costs for utilities, fuel, retirement, health care and instructional support resulted in the $213,000 increase over last year's spending.

The board will revisit the budget during a public meeting at 7 p.m. April 6 in the high school.

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