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Troy residents seek study of withdrawing from Monadnock school district
The regional school district would be responsible for forming the committee, which would be made up of school board members and selectmen from each town in the district, Troy Selectman William Matson said Thursday.
Matson said he signed the petition in support of the study because it is an option residents — who are faced with the highest property tax rate in the state at $36.26 per thousand —need to explore. Though, he added, it may not be a financially beneficial option for the town.
The movement to look into a school district withdrawal was triggered by a vote on a petition article last year, he said, when voters at Monadnock’s annual meeting in March 2013 said yes to a petition article brought forward by Roxbury residents to change the formula the towns follow to determine how much they owe the district.
Troy residents are bearing the brunt of the change, and went from paying $136,000 a month to the district to $218,000 a month, he said.
Troy is a small town of about 2,000 people. Many elderly and young families in town cannot take the tax increase, Matson said.
The town has appealed to the state Board of Education and the Department of Revenue Administration to no avail, Matson said.
The town is appealing the matter in Cheshire County Superior Court.
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