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Schools officials: Taxes not so bad
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MONROE - It could have been worse for area taxpayers, according to area schools' officials.It may not seem that way to area taxpayers, who having been reaching for their checkbooks as the Jan. 31 deadline to pay the first half of property taxes draws near. But if area school districts have anything in common, it's the refrain that school boards and administrators did their best to hold the line on 2009-2010 school budgets.And, they say, it could have been worse.Here's an idea of what area taxpayers will be paying for their public school districts for the 2009-2010 school year.Monroe Monroe continued to work to keep expenses in check, administrators said. "The school board, and the school district as a whole, has really put forth a great deal of effort to be fiscally responsible," Superintendent Larry Brown said at the district's annual meeting in October.