• Middlesex voters give budgets the nod
    March 06,2013

    Adam Caira / Staff Photo A Middlesex resident begins the discussion about continuing funding for the Kellogg Hubbard Library during the Middlesex town meeting Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2013 at the Rumney School

    MIDDLESEX — Voters passed all ballot items Tuesday.

    The first part of a school budget, for $2.5 million, passed 220-128. Its additional spending line, $67,204, passed 208-136.

    The school budget, for Rumney Memorial School, was a 10.7 percent increase than the current school year’s budget. With special education reimbursements, the increase was calculated as 4.52 percent. Increases were due to staff salary and health insurance increases.

    State law requires the vote to be divided because the district’s spending per pupil last year was more than the statewide average and this year’s proposed budget is greater than last year’s budget adjusted for inflation.

    A $1 million town budget had a 2.7 percent or $27,052 increase.

    Included in the items passed was the Kellogg-Hubbard Library funding item.

    A tar sands resolution also passed, expressing opposition to the transportation of tar sands oil through Vermont. It also calls on fuel vendors doing business with the town to provide information on the origins of the fuel that’s sold, and calls for phasing out municipal fuel purchases that use tar sands.

    Voters also approved putting surplus school funds into a reserve account.

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