The school district has a volunteer fiscal advisory committee. Members work on the budget with the School Board and district officials.
Walter Deyo is a member of that committee — and a Derry taxpayer.
The bill for his Hampstead Road home is a little more than $5,000. But the amount didn’t surprise him.
“I don’t like it, nobody does,” Deyo said, “but it’s just the way it is.”
He’s involved in the budget process and urges more people to do the same.
Amy Velez has two children in the Derry School District. While she may understand the reasons for the tax hike, it’s still a big bill to pay.
“Last year, our taxes were the lowest they have been,” she said. “And this year, they are the highest. We’re being slammed right before the holidays.”