For the most part, local
school budgets fared reasonably well on Town Meeting Day — 220 budgets were adopted and
16 were defeated. But local school
officials say budget pressures will continue to grow in the coming years.
vast majority of local school budgets were approved on Town Meeting Day. Officials
say voters supported the budgets because school boards did a good job in explaining the need to increase spending this year.
The Vermont Department of Education says most school boards are presenting level funded budgets to their communities on Town Meeting
Day — at a time when labor costs, fuel
expenses and health care costs are rising for many school districts.
debates about how to spend local tax dollars erupt at town meetings in March and settle down by the end
of mud season. But
in this abnormal economy, a few cities and towns in Vermont are still waging budget battles. In
St. Johnsbury, tempers have been flaring for months, and voters will vote for a
third time Tuesday on a
controversial school budget.