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The Redding Boards of Selectmen and Education are requesting slight increases in spending in their proposed budgets for the coming fiscal year.  The Selectmen are seeking a 3.45 percent hike, with nearly all of that to account for raises.  The overall municipal, Redding schools and Region 9 increases would equal 1.2 percent.  The Redding Board of Ed's proposal is $23.2 million, with most of the increase attributed to special education cost increases.  The town's contribution to the Region 9 budget was reduced by about $600,000 because of fewer students attending Joel Barlow High School compared to those from Easton.  The two towns split the cost based on student enrollment.  The Redding Board of Finance is holding a public hearing on March 18th.

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