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Special budget meeting in Pembroke to discuss $1.7M school shortfall

Union Leader Correspondent

October 31. 2017 12:58PM

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of Pembroke Academy. (Melissa Proulx/Union Leader Correspondent)

PEMBROKE — Residents are urged to attend the Thursday night budget committee meeting, where a significant shortfall in the school district’s budget will be discussed.

An additional $1.7 million is needed to cover the deficit, which has been blamed on inflated estimates of anticipated revenue that didn’t materialize.

At town meeting, voters approved nearly $26 million for Pembroke’s schools, a number both the school board and budget committee worked together to reach.

At first, the two boards had butted heads over the proposed budget. In the end, the school board trimmed its original proposal, which resulted in three fewer teaching positions. Two other teaching positions were eliminated to balance class sizes.

Selectmen said in a statement that they expect property owners will see a significant increase in their upcoming tax bills.

A recent revaluation that reduced assessed values for many in town should offset the tax increase for some, according to the selectmen.

Tax bills will be arriving in the next few weeks and are due during the first week of December.

Thursday’s meeting will be held in the Pembroke Academy auditorium starting at 6:30 p.m.

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