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Region 6 voters to return to the polls for budget vote
Litchfield.bz (05-13-17)


A second referendum on a proposed education budget in Region 6 will be held on Tuesday. Polls in Warren, Morris and Goshen will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the vote.
 
The referendum on the proposed budget of $19,241,744 for 2017-18 was forced by a successful petition drive that culminated Friday with 203 signatures of registered Region 6 voters being turned over to the district’s Board of Education.
 
The petition originated in Morris, just as a petition that forced a referendum on May 1 did.
 
The proposed budget is $328,500, or 1.74 percent, higher than the current budget of $18,913,244.
 
It is $197,170 lighter than the school board’s original budget proposal of $19,438,916, which was rejected in the May 1 referendum. That proposal was $525,670, or 2.78 percent, higher than the current budget.
 
The school board on Monday cut the $197,170 from the proposal by moving $120,000 budgeted for an entryway keycard access system for staff to its capital budget and eliminating a custodian job and a technology support staff position.
 
Morris’s assessment under the proposed budget is $6,635,650, an increase of $173,478 over the current assessment of $6,462,172. Goshen’s is $7,342,541, an increase of $172,186 over the current assessment of $7,170,355. Warren’s assessment would decrease by $34,644, from $3,363,870 to $3,329,226.
 
A district meeting on the proposed budget will be held Monday at 8 p.m. at Wamogo Regional High School, but no action will be taken. The meeting will be adjourned to the referendum.