ARTICLE II Approval of School Budget

South Burlington voters approved a $51,746,533 school district budget on Town Meeting Day by a vote of 1,460-1,162.

The approval came with a fairly narrow margin of 298 votes, or 56 percent of the vote.

The budget represents a 3.36 percent estimated tax increase and 4.15 percent increase in total expenditures. The budget increases education spending per equalized pupil in the district by 6.45 percent, to $15,944.38.

The property tax impact equals an increase of $52 per $100,000 of assessed value on the residential tax rate, factoring in the Common Level of Appraisal but prior to considering income sensitivity.

After the school board approved the budget warning last month, board chair Elizabeth Fitzgerald wrote in a school board column that the payoff for voters’ support of the spending plan comes from the students.

“The dividend for the community’s significant investment in our schools is an exemplary education that includes a wide variety of experiences designed to tap into the talents and passions of each student,” Fitzgerald wrote. “This investment also provides experiences that support the development of life-long friendships, a robust network of mentors and support, and a strong sense of community for our students. Schools that provide this type of educational experience and these kinds of outcomes attract families to South Burlington that contribute their time, energy, and talents to our community as a whole.”

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