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PROPOSED $24.7 MILLION BUDGET WOULD RAISE TAXES 3.25 PERCENT

Alden School District officials explained a proposed $24.7 million budget for 2003-04 to a small audience attending a public hearing Tuesday.

The proposed budget accounts for a 2.4 percent increase from this year's budget, carrying a tax increase of 3.25 percent. Residents will vote on the spending plan June 3. Alden residents would see an increase of about 97 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, according to Superintendent Donald W. Raw. The district saved $240,000 by cutting seven staff positions, and an additional $440,000 through last year's early retirement incentive program.

Three candidates for an open School Board seat also attended Tuesday's hearing.

William Blarr and Jennifer Lynch join former board member David Chauncey on the ballot, all seeking a five-year term. Dennis O'Grady decided not to seek re-election.

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