North Stonington's education budget goes to a second referendum Monday

North Stonington's education budget goes to a second referendum Monday

The Westerly Sun

NORTH STONINGTON — The level-funded 2017-18 education budget will go to a second referendum Monday after voters rejected it by 10 votes the first time around. Polls will be open at Town Hall from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

The proposed $12.87 million education budget was rejected 294-284 on Nov. 27, while the $6.38 million town government budget was approved 308-271. The government budget called for a 6.1 percent spending increase.

About 20 citizens attended a Special Town Meeting on Dec. 11, where the Board of Education, led by Chairwoman Christine Wagner, gave a presentation on the budget. She was joined by members of the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance, who were also on the panel to answer questions. 

At that meeting, a number of residents said the education budget was unaffordable even when level-funded and also expressed frustration with the upcoming costs of the school modernization project. That work is going ahead with recent assurances of state reimbursement. 

The education budget presentation is available on the town website, https://www.northstoningtonct.gov/sites/northstoningtonct/files/uploads/boe_full_2017-2018_budget_presentation.pdf

chewitt@thewesterlysun.com


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