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Rally outside Danbury City Hall tonight over education budget

A rally is being held tonight outside Danbury City Hall about the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year.  Various groups are behind the 6pm event, calling for more funding for the school district. 

The City Council will vote tonight on the overall proposed budget of $267 million.  It holds property taxes and sewer and water rates flat.  While the district sought more funding than the Mayor proposed, it does include a $1.25 million increase over the current year.  The budget also proposes to use millions in federal grant money and a multi-million dollar surplus from a prior year to increase funding. 

Danbury Defending Public Education, Community for Change, Danbury NAACP, CT Students for a Dream, Danbury Area Justice Network, NEA-Danbury Teachers' Union, Connecticut Education Association, Western Connecticut Area Labor Federal AFL-CIO, Greater Danbury Labor Council and Amalgamated Transit Union local 1622 are organizing the rally.

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