Grand Isle Passes School Budget, Rejects Fire Station

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Grand Isle has struggled to pass its school budget in past years, but they passed on the first try this year.

The proposed budget was $4,925,333.  Voters agreed to it in Australian balloting, 366 to 311.

School board chair Herb Durfee says the budget is 1.29 percent less than last year’s, with the decrease coming from less spending on special education and fewer high school students, among other factors.

The item on the Grand Isle town warning that attracted a lot of attention was a $2 million proposal to build a new fire station for the volunteer fire department.

That measure failed by just a handful of votes, 355-361. The town clerk expects that supporters of the fire station will request a recount.

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