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$4.9 million Bristol Elementary budget on ballot this Tuesday

Posted on April 9, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — Bristol residents on Tuesday will cast ballots on a new Bristol Elementary School spending plan for next year that shaves a fraction of a percent off the proposal they defeated on Town Meeting Day. But despite asking for $2,700 less in spending, the new budget would restore some instructional positions targeted to be cut by reducing spending in other areas.

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State budget passes key hurdle

Posted on April 9, 2015 |
By John Flowers



SHOREHAM — Local lawmakers at Monday’s Legislative Breakfast at the Shoreham Congregational Church shared details the fiscal year 2016 state budget of $1.46 billion.

Rep. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, a member of the House Appropriations Committee explained what was a difficult process of closing a $113 million revenue shortfall. The committee ultimately recommended $52.8 million in long-term cuts, $23.8 million in one-time cuts and revenues, $35 million in new fees and taxes, and $1.7 million in earnings from renting prison beds to the federal government.

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Divided board OKs Mount Abe spending plan; Tuesday vote set

Posted on April 9, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — A divided Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School board on Tuesday evening warned a new budget proposal to put before voters next week.

The vote in the five-town area will take place on Tuesday, April 14, the same day residents in Bristol and Monkton will weigh in on new spending plans for their elementary schools. Voters in all three school districts rejected fiscal year 2016 spending proposals on Town Meeting Day.

Addison Northeast Supervisory Union voters on Town Meeting Day rejected the Mount Abe budget proposal by a tally of 1,241 to 1,088.

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Opinion: With this budget, everyone loses

Posted on April 8, 2015 |
By Ivan St. George



Let me get this straight: The House of Representatives and the Senate, dating back some six years and with support for the governor’s office in recent years, have consistently outspent income by a wide margin yet we are supposed to feel good about this year’s balancing act because all is well with the efforts to cut spending.

There is no victory in this budget.

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Monkton Central board warns school budget revote

Posted on April 6, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



MONKTON — The Monkton Central School board on Thursday evening warned for voter consideration a new spending proposal that shifts resources within the school without increasing the size of the budget.

The sum of the proposal, around $2.82 million, is $200 less than the version voters rejected on Town Meeting Day by a tally of 231 to 178.

If passed, the budget would represent a 9.3 percent spending increase over the present fiscal year. The new vote will be Tuesday, April 14.

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ID-4 meeting this Wednesday keys on budget, possible switch to ballots

Posted on April 2, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Mary Hogan Elementary School board directors are hoping for a big turnout at the ID-4 school district annual meeting on Wednesday, April 8. At the 7 p.m. meeting at the school gym residents will vote on the Middlebury elementary school’s proposed 2015-2016 spending plan of $6,775,965, and also potentially change the date and manner by which future spending plans are voted.

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Mount Abe board adopts budget strategy

Posted on March 26, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School board has laid out a timeline and strategy to draft a new budget proposal that could gain voter approval.

Addison Northeast Supervisory Union voters on Town Meeting Day rejected, by a tally of 1,241 to 1,088, a proposed $14.06 million spending plan to operate the school next year. That sum was slightly lower than the figure voters approved for the current year.

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Starksboro to revote Robinson school spending plan

Posted on March 23, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



STARKSBORO — Starksboro residents will be the fourth group of voters in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union to revote their school budget.

After a group of town residents last week submitted a petition to the school board to force a second vote on the Robinson Elementary School spending plan for the coming fiscal year, the board tentatively scheduled the revote to be held at a May 2 meeting.

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Voters urge transparency as Mt. Abe board makes plans

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — More than 50 Addison Northeast Supervisory Union voters packed the Mount Abraham Union High School library Tuesday evening to voice concerns to the school board about how to create a new budget proposal.

On Town Meeting Day voters in the five town area rejected the initial $14.06 million spending plan, 1,241–1,088. The board is working to put a new budget before voters later this spring.

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Date approved for balloting on Ferrisburgh school budget

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — When the Vergennes Union High School board on Tuesday decided on a new budget proposal and vote date (see story, Page 1A), those actions triggered a date for a second Ferrisburgh Central School budget vote.

That revote, like the VUHS revote, will be held on Tuesday, May 5.

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