Controversial South Burlington school budget voted down

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – For the second time this year South Burlington residents voted down a proposed 2021 school budget. Nearly two thirds of the people who cast ballots voted “no”.

The original budget for the school was voted down in March, along with a $209.6 million bond for a new middle and high school. The budget that was voted on is just over $53 million.

Those who came in to vote on Thursday had to wear a mask and only ten people were allowed in at a time. Voters were even asked to bring their own pen.

Rich Pearl from South Burlington said he and his wife voted down the first school budget and against the school renovations, but today he is said he casted a different vote.

“This time we decided they have done enough work on the school budget to make it acceptable this time and we definitely need to support teachers”, said Pearl.

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