Region 14 Budget Fails at May 8 Referendum

Polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 8.


The Region 14 budget for 2012-13 failed, 1,203 to 836 districtwide, at a Tuesday, May 8, referendum.

The now failed budget, at $31,205,513, featured a 3.17-percent increase or  $959,484 over the 2011-12 budget of $30,246,029.

Bethlehem Voters

Yes: 170

No: 276

Woodbury Voters

Yes: 666

No: 927

Voter turnout in Woodbury was approximately 24 percent. Of the 6,658 people on the eligible list of voters, 1,593 people voted.


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Region 14 Board of Education Chairman Chuck Cosgriff said the board will have to look at what was proposed. He said it is possible that a special meeting will be scheduled between now and the regularly scheduled meeting of Tuesday, May 22, but said he will speak with Superintendent Jody Goeler first.

Board member Gary Suslavich said he knew the budget would not pass the first time around. He said he feels the budget does not need to be flat in order to pass.

"Anything over one and a half — and I think that's being generous — I think the taxpayers will consider it," he said.

Woodbury resident Tom Arras said when the powers that be — the Boards of Selectmen in Bethlehem and Woodbury and the two Boards of Finance — share their opinion on the school budget, it is important for the Board of Education to listen. The economic times are tough, he said.

"You can't ask for more from people who are making less," said Arras. "It just doesn't work."

What would you like to see from the Region 14 Board of Education's next proposed budget? Tell us more in the comments.

Sean M May 09, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Region 14 spends way too much money. Enrollment continually goes down. Even if there is a zero increase, Woodbury will still have its taxes going up. Region 14 is a local example of the arrogance of government and government officials. They demand more and more of our money every single year. It is time that government starts working like the private sector.
CJN May 10, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Bethlehem has its hometown schools & shorter bus rides & now class sizes of 15. Did anyone really think that would cost less?
jess lin May 10, 2012 at 03:20 AM
I for one will not agree to such a tax hike. We own 2 properties in Woodbury so will be taxed double. And we still do not get to choose which elementry school our children will attend. Plus Bethlehem uses 2 of our schools while paying less of the tax. . . Let them pay just as much of the tax increase as we will have to pay.
Martin Harris May 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM
I will vote no until they present a budget that is less than last year's budget....enrollment is down significantly.
Jaimie Cura May 17, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Just to let interested folks know - the Board of Education is meeting tonight (Thursday, May 17) to discuss the budget -- http://woodbury-middlebury.patch.com/events/region-14-board-of-education-special-meeting-to-discuss-2012-13-budget


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