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Middlebury selectboard OKs budget, warning

Posted on January 29, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters at their town meeting will field a proposed 2015-2016 general fund budget of $9,949,155 that would require a 3.8-cent hike in the municipal tax rate, but they will not be asked to consider a stipend increase for members of the town selectboard.

The proposed 2015-2016 municipal budget represents a 6.7 percent increase over the budgeted 2014-2015 spending plan. The current municipal tax rate is 94 cents per $100 in property value, so a 3.8-cent increase represents a 4 percent hike in taxes.

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Opinion: VUHS taxpayers can no longer afford all the 'extras'

Posted on January 28, 2015 |
By Elizabeth Armstrong



Has the Vergennes Union High School board not been informed that the taxpayers are done with “over the top” cost-per-student rates that are the highest in the country that do not give results of a better education for the students in our neighborhoods.

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ACSU school budgets rising, some tax rates going up faster

Posted on January 26, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The proposed 2015-2016 budgets for six of the Addison Central Supervisory Union’s seven elementary schools reflect spending increases ranging from 0.2 percent to 5.35 percent, but the impact on taxpayers in most communities will be greater due to declining enrollment and other variables.

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Hannaford Career Center's tuition rate slated for 14.7 percent increase

Posted on January 22, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center directors are proposing a 2015-2016 spending plan of $3,496,478, reflecting a 2.24-percent increase over this year’s budget.

Despite the relatively small spending increase, the budget would result in a 14.7 percent boost in the tuition rate for enrollees from the three Addison County high schools for which the career center provides technical education programs.

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Slight spending hike results in bigger tax boost at OVUHS

Posted on January 22, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Statewide education funding reform can’t come soon enough for Otter Valley Union High School. Despite the fact that the OV board approved a proposed budget this month with a modest 1.83 percent spending increase, the union Homestead tax rate will increase by roughly 7 cents, or 4.6 percent.

The board on Jan. 7 approved a $10,718,131 spending plan for the 2015-2016 fiscal year, a $192,414 increase over the current spending plan.

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Addison Central School board backs level budget

Posted on January 22, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON — Addison residents will on Town Meeting Day be asked to be approve an exactly level-funded school spending plan of $1,543,138.

Addison Central School Board members adopted at their Jan. 16 meeting that spending proposal and a separate article to add $10,000 to the school’s capital improvement fund.

A key element in the budget is the return of a math intervention specialist to the school, at either a halftime or 60 percent level to be determined by Principal Matt DeBlois.

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Editorial: Gov. Shumlin's budget sets bold challenges

Posted on January 19, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Gov. Peter Shumlin had little choice in his third-term budget address last Thursday but to propose significant cuts in spending and propose some increases in the state’s revenue stream. The state is facing a $94 million shortfall in fiscal year 2016, and he did what no politician likes to do: propose cuts in spending and tax increases.

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UD-3 on track for 1.3 percent hike

Posted on January 15, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) voters in March will be asked to approve a UD-3 school spending plan of $17,287,008 for the 2015-2016 academic year, which reflects a 1.3-percent increase compared to this year.

The UD-3 budget covers the combined annual operating expenses for Middlebury Union middle and high schools. The spending plan is fielded each year by residents in the ACSU towns that feed MUMS and MUHS: Bridport, Cornwall, Middlebury, Salisbury, Shoreham, Ripton and Weybridge.

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Middlebury town officials sharpen budget knives

Posted on January 15, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury officials are proposing to use a combination of surplus money, revenue adjustments and spending reductions to trim the proposed fiscal year 2016 municipal budget by $158,742, an amount that would allow the selectboard to achieve its goal of limiting the impact on residents to a 4-cent increase on the local property tax rate.

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Board hopes VUHS budget to correct course

Posted on January 15, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board on Monday adopted a roughly $10.47 million spending plan that administrators said will begin to dig VUHS out of its deep financial hole and would more accurately reflect the cost of operating the school after years of underfunded spending.

To reach those goals, the budget calls for an 11 percent increase of about $1 million over the VUHS budget Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters approved this past spring.

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