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Vernon School Board Endorses a $51.6 Million Budget Plan

It will now be sent to the mayor.

The Vernon Board of Education on Monday night voted to send a $51,669,787 budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year to Mayor George Apel.

The figure represents an increase of $3,488,790, or 7.24 percent, over the $48,180,997 spending plan for the current fiscal year.

Voting in favor of the budget were Democrats Michelle Arn, Amarjit Buttar, Kyle Percy and Terri Goldich and Republicans Laura Bush and Anne Fischer.

Voting against the proposal were Republicans David Kemp and William Nicholson.

Check out Vernon Patch on Tuesday morning for more budget details.

Rockvilleteacher February 05, 2013 at 01:30 PM
We need to invest in this town! Education is the best way to help improve the image of this town, attract new tax paying residents, increase housing construction, generate tax revenue, and keep students from going to magnet schools. Magnet/Charter Schools are a farce and do not out perform public schools. There is a myth out there that they are better but that is an unsubstantiated fact. We lose too much money to these schools. Pressure your elected officials and superintendent to advertise the good our school system does for our children. That way we can save more money that doesn't need to increase our budget. Otherwise, vote yes to the increase and watch our town do better. Don't complain when our town turns into a transient town which attracts crime, more low income housing, and an exodus for the best and brightest students/parents.
LLC February 05, 2013 at 01:52 PM
I would not vote for this increase. How much more can Vernon residents be expected to pay? I have lived here for 15 years and my property taxes have nearly doubled in that time. The school system is no better for it. The town spends nearly $11,000 per student right now. How much more money are they going to need? Eventually, home owners in Vernon won't be able to afford to live here, and will move out.
Chris Dehnel February 05, 2013 at 02:13 PM
The longer version of the budget story is here http://patch.com/A-1CW7
carl slicer February 05, 2013 at 03:43 PM
A 7% increase is not keeping pace with inflation. So which category has the increases? Is it salaries? Is it Obama's healthcare? It is a 7% increase in enrollment? Mr "Rockville Teacher" your comment of "Investing" is too broad based. Investment infers a return on capital money. Merriam Webster reads "the outlay of money usually for income or profit : capital outlay; also : the sum invested or the property purchased." When taxpayers can not see the results they can not agree with the investment. Therefore NO value is being created. Just pricing is the concern. Mr "Rockille Teacher": Just create the value and your investments would be fulfilled. Carl Slicer
Rockvilleteacher February 06, 2013 at 03:03 AM
The investment starts when we work to keep our students in our schools. Right away you save hundreds of thousands dollars. Magnet schools cost the tax payers thousands. Keep them here. Too many Vernon citizens have the wrong impression of the school system. The students who do well in high school go onto be very successful and very well prepared for college. They go to to Yale, Dartmouth, Purdue, university of Colorado and more. It's the students who don't want to be there that drag us down. Don't blame teachers for rising health care costs and salaries that don't match the amount of work we do and provide for these young people. The best towns in Connecticut also have the best school systems. Coincidence???

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