Town Meeting Day didn't bode well for dozens of school budgets across the state. Now, the Burlington City Council is looking to cut costs after voters rejected school spending hikes.
The council voted to create a new committee aimed at finding ways to control costs within the Burlington school system. Several City Council members, the school board commissioner and the Burlington school district administration will sit on the panel. City councilors say this initiative is long overdue.
"The taxpayers of Burlington sent a clear message on Town Meeting Day. That was a big 'no' for the budget here in Burlington, which again doesn't usually get no votes here in Burlington. I think everyone is kind of at the point now where enough is enough," said Dave Hartnett, D-Burlington City Council.
Hartnett says the goal is to have the committee meet once a month to develop a solid plan for fiscal year 2016.