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Region 15 Budget Fails Wednesday

Credit: 401K, via flickr creative commons
Credit: 401K, via flickr creative commons
Voters in both Middlebury and Southbury rejected the education budget proposed by Region 15.

Middlebury voters denied the education budget request for a 4.77 percent spending increase 419-754.

Region 15 residents in Southbury also voted down the education proposal, 1,501-1,574. The total tally Wednesday night was 1,920 votes in favor to 2,328 against.

The education budget must now go back to the Board of Education for revision before being put to voters again.




socrates May 08, 2014 at 07:09 AM
How can a 5% increase be justified? Who outside government is doing that well?
Christine Koobatian May 08, 2014 at 07:47 AM
It is a 3.6 percent increase to the Region 15 budget. 4.77 percent is Southbury's weighted percentage. The proposed budget resulted from increased costs and state/federal mandates. It was a "maintenance" budget to maintain recommended class sizes. Now there will be cuts and the students will suffer. Whether you support the budget or not, please be responsible and share accurate information. Even better, attend the R15 Budget workshops to understand what is built into the budget and make an educated decision. In my opinion, this was as responsible budget, and now we will continue to see erosion in the quality of education we provide for our students.
Sean May 08, 2014 at 04:52 PM
People cannot afford the taxes anymore. Good to see that taxpayers are standing up against it. Enough of the quality of education nonsense. We produce high school graduates who cannot have a conversation on the phone.

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