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Burlington school budget on it's way back to voters

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

A new Burlington school budget is on its way to voters that is more expensive and has more cuts than the last version.

The board of finance approved a $67.6 million budget. On Town Meeting Day, voters shot down a budget that was about $1 million less than this new budget. After a recent audit that uncovered a $2.5 million deficit, the board was forced to slash $2.5 million in programming and staff.

School board chair Patrick Halladay acknowledges concerns about a larger budget with more cuts.

"This is not the budget that we had hope to bring forward and it's a relic of mistakes that have been made in the past, and that we take very seriously the need to restore the communities trust in the fiscal management of the school," Halladay said.

The budget now heads to the full board for public discussion and a vote Thursday at Contois Auditorium in Burlington's City Hall.

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