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MORE STATE AID TO KEEP SCHOOL TAX HIKE AT 2.9%

The Board of Education learned Tuesday that increased state aid will keep the tax rate hike for the 2005-06 budget at 2.9 percent.

The board may vote by April 12 on the $59 million spending plan. The public vote is May 17.

Dale Weatherlow, assistant superintendent of administration, told the board that state aid totals more than $876,000, but that only $641,000 is a sure bet. The remaining $235,000 is an increase in what is called growth aid, based on a school district's enrollment. In order to qualify, Jamestown's enrollment must increase by more than 20 students in the next school year.