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Region 15 Voters Pass 2014-15 Education Budget

The margin of victory in Southbury was enough to cover the narrow defeat in Middlebury.

The unofficial tally Wednesday night showed the Region 15 education budget passed in its second try at referendum, with the voters approving it by 1,043 votes, 2,994-1,951.

The budget passed by a wide margin in Southbury, 2,390-1,251, enough to carry the referendum over the dissenting Middlebury voters, who voted down the proposal 604-700.

[All figures are unofficial until certified by the town clerks.]

The Board of Education cut almost $550,000 from the original spending request after the first proposal failed to pass in both towns at referendum on May 7.

The budget approved Wednesday included a $1.7 million spending increase, or about 2.79 percent over the 2013-14 budget.

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