• Town vote sways school funds by 2 votes
    March 06,2013

    Stefan Hard / Staff Photo Barre Town voter Joe Preddy enters the voting booth Tuesday morning at the official polling station in the Barre Town Elementary and Middle School gymnasium. Voter turnout in Barre Town was off to a very slow start.

    BARRE TOWN – Voters here said “yes” to everything that was asked of them on Tuesday, and when it came to the $12.3 million budget for Spaulding High School they said it just loud enough to make the difference.

    The town’s, 521-360, approval of the high school budget was enough to counteract Barre voters’ lopsided rejection of that same spending plan, 483-642. Based on the combined results the budget passed, 1,004-1,002.

    That was the only close call in Barre Town, which holds its municipal elections in May, but conducts school business on Town Meeting Day.

    The $10.8 million budget for Barre Town Middle and Elementary School easily passed, 569-312.

    Voters agreed to create a fund for the purpose of stabilizing tax rates associated with future school budgets using the unexpended portion of a newly audited surplus by an even wider margin. That measure passed, 594-259.

    A request to appropriate $25,000 to the school roof fund was approved, 708-175.

    There were no contested races for seats on the either school board.

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