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Newtown officials are considering a $124.6 million budget for the coming fiscal year.  The municipal and school plan includes a 2.45 percent spending increase over the current fiscal year.  The tax rate will increase by 1-percent, partially offset by a growth in the town's tax base.  The proposal includes 2 percent raises for union and non-union town workers.  Teachers will receive a 1 percent raise plus step movement. Other school staff will receive 2 percent raises.  Other increases are attributed to debt service and more money for road repairs.  The Legislative Council will have hold public hearing and deliberations this month.  The budget will then go to a referendum on April 27.

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