For the third straight year, West Point Public Schools’ Board of Education approved a new budget that shows a total tax request that is lower than the year before.

The board approved the budget at last week’s regular monthly meeting. The budget hearing was held a week earlier in order to give the board more time to make adjustments to the budget if needed.

Superintendent Bill McAllister said that earlier in the year he anticipated he would have to raise the tax request this year because of another cut in state aid, but that he was able to hold the line on spending again.

He noted the district this year will run on an operating budget that is less than it was five years ago.

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