More school budgets than usual rejected


MONTPELIER (AP) -- Vermonters in at least 34 communities are opposing school budgets this year, according to a new tally.

The tally comes from the Vermont Superintendents Association, with still six votes to be counted Wednesday. At least 212 budgets passed. According to the Burlington Free Press, this year had the most school budget defeats since 2003.

Larger communities including Burlington, Bennington, Rutland and Montpelier made the list of rejections from Tuesday’s Town Meeting Day votes.

Burlington’s proposal would have raised school taxes by 9.9 percent.

In Montpelier, spending would have increased by more than 2 percent, but cause about a 13 percent tax increase.

An increase in the statewide property tax is driving up school taxes in many communities across the state.

Putney asks Vt. to provide more broadband

PUTNEY (AP) -- Putney voters say a few hundred residents do not have access to affordable broadband Internet and they want Vermont lawmakers to change that.

In a resolution passed unanimously during Town Meeting Day on Tuesday, Putney residents called on legislators to expand hard-wired broadband to the town by the end of 2014.

John Field, a resident who drafted the resolution, called on former Putney resident Gov. Peter Shumlin to address it.

Field told Vermont Public Radio ( that Shumlin "made us a promise at town meeting here last year that he would get everything wired 100 percent, no ifs, ands or buts."

Field says about 300 Putney residents only have dial-up access and even with his HughesNet service, he and his family have difficulty with Skype and streaming content.


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