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.
Following Tropical Storm Irene, town budgets have been complicated by uncertainty over FEMA
reimbursements and the costs of future repairs. But in some of those
hard-hit communities, the mood on Town Meeting Day seemed buoyant.
Democrat Miro Weinberger has been elected the next mayor of Burlington,
defeating Republican Kurt Wright and Independent Wanda Hines. Weinberger is Burlington’s first Democratic mayor in more than 30 years.