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Racine Unified community members are invited Monday to a public hearing about the district’s 2016-2017 budget. The Journal Times is reporting that the district plans to spend $300.5 million, a reduction of $34 million – or 10.3 percent less – than it spent during the 2015-2016 year. The decrease comes even in the face of increased employee pay, opening two new schools and one new addition, buying new equipment, and implementing the Academies of Racine with block scheduling. Tax decreases and an increase in state aid are both part of the new budget, of which approximately 77 percent accounts for salaries and benefits in both the general and special education funds, the story continues. All told, Racine Unified expects to receive $69 million from property taxes; $173 million from the state, up from $163 million last year; $2,7 million from additional revenues; and $32 million from the federal government, down by about $1 million from the previous year. The public hearing begins at 6 p.m. at the Administration Services Center, 3109 Mt. Pleasant Street.  

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