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Fewer school budgets defeated at Town Meeting

By Amy Ash Nixon,

Voters rejected just 20 school budgets on Town Meeting Day, about half the number that went down a year ago. All told, 37 school budgets were defeated in 2014.

Jeff Francis, executive director of the Vermont Superintendents Association, said March 4, that 226 budgets passed this week and the rest will be voted on again at later dates.

The following districts reported budget defeats this year: Bethel, Bristol, Charlotte, Concord, East Haven, Eden, Ferrisburgh, Grand Isle, Hartford, Isle La Motte, Millers Run Union District 37, Milton, Monkton, Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School District, North Hero, Sutton, Waterbury-Duxbury Union District 45, Westford, Vergennes Union High School, and Vernon.

A number of the larger cities and towns whose budgets were defeated last year, including Burlington, Montpelier, Colchester, Rutland City and Barre City, passed spending measures on the first try, Francis added.

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