WATERTOWN — Residents across the north country will go to the polls this afternoon and evening to vote on school district budgets and elect school board members.

Voters in the Watertown City School District will be asked to approve a $92 million spending plan for the 2023-24 school year.

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Please remember that most citizen's property assessments across Jefferson County went up significantly. There are record numbers of property owners grieving them at this very moment. Therefore, the example in this article is somewhat misleading, suggesting that everyone's school taxes will go down. Remember, county property tax RATES went down (as announced in November), but with the new assessments, the reality is that most people's tax BILLS are going up. Lowering tax rates a little, while raising property value assessments a lot, is an unwelcome bit of subterfuge. This is the same deceitful scenario playing out for the second time in less than a year.

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