Education fund resolution on many town ballots

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(Host) A Town meeting resolution calling on the governor and lawmakers to avoid using money from the state education fund for other purposes has received big support from the towns that considered it.

Well over one hundred communities took up the non-binding item, which was sponsored by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.

Speaking last night on VPR’s Switchboard, league executive director Steven Jeffrey, said there’s concern taxpayers will be further burdened if education money is used for outside projects.

(Jeffrey) “We felt that it was an important message to be sending at town meeting when people are voting on things like school budgets. They’re approving budgets that are totaling over $1.2 billion in school budgets this year.”

(Host) The Governor has proposed using some education money to pay for teacher retirement.

The education fund resolution was the most widely considered non-binding measure on town meeting day ballots this year.

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