South Burlington votes down revised school budget by nearly 2-to-1 ratio



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South Burlington residents once again voted no on a school budget for the upcoming school year.

The final count for Thursday’s election was 2,924 to 1,613 votes; nearly two-thirds of votes were in opposition to the budget.

An initial school budget proposal for the 2020-21 school year was voted down on Town Meeting Day in March, resulting in the revote Thursday.

During the March vote, the budget was expected to increase by $4.1 million for the 2020-21 academic year, a 7.69% increase in spending over the 2019-20 school year.

The revised budget proposed a $1.9 million, or 3.8%, increase in spending, totaling $53 million.

South Burlington residents had been vocal about the budget on social media through local Facebook groups. 

For more:South Burlington school budget revote fuels social media frenzy

Voters were able to cast their ballot in person at a polling station at Orchard School while adhering to health and safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For those preferring to stay at home or unable to make it, mail-in ballots were available in advance.

The school board meets again at 7 p.m. June 3 at Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School.

Contact Ethan Bakuli at (802) 556-1804 or Follow him on Twitter @BakuliEthan.

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