at the Thursday, May 31, town of Woodbury 2012-13 budget referendum, but those who came out to vote supported the budget, 363 to 302.
The now approved budget, at $9,463,255, features an increase of 8.63 percent or $752,134 more than the 2011-12 town budget of $8,711,121.
"Well, it's a relief — it sure is," Board of Finance Chairman Bill Drakeley said of the budget's passing.
He and finance board member Deb Fuller reiterated the board's recommendation to .
Drakeley said an estimated $1 million goes toward educating out of town students in the Region 14 school district and that amount could be used to lower the mill rate.
Fuller acknowledged that the school district never provided estimated costs to educate out of town students. Drakeley said the $1 million figure is the disparity between revenue from the agriscience program and the per capita cost.
He said he recently spoke with Region 14 Board of Education Chairman Chuck Cosgriff about the matter and feels the school board understands the finance board's position.
"I think they're behind us," said Drakeley.
Drakeley said the finance board does not intend to set the mill rate until after the Region 14 budget referendum, scheduled for Wednesday, June 6.
Voter turnout was 10 percent. Of the 6,553 people on the eligible voter list, 665 people voted, according to numbers provided by poll worker Jane Sandulli.
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