, Derry, New Hampshire


February 13, 2014

Derry meeting draws biggest crowd in years

School voters defeat move to trim spending


“You’ve not been proactive,” resident Kevin Coyle told the School Board. “Our property values are the lowest in any surrounding town and we have the highest tax rate in southern New Hampshire and you do nothing.”

Last year, a small group of citizens supported a budget amendment to add $800,000 into the operating budget. Much of that money is left over and will go to offset the tax rate next year, school officials said.

The meeting lasted three hours and was one of the longest and most well attended in recent history, school officials said.

“We had a much larger turnout than last year,” McKenna said. “This is an important meeting and it’s for everyone to understand what budget will be on the ballot in March.”

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