Budgets increase slightly across the county
By Josh O’Gorman
staff writer | March 01,2013
Budgets are rising less than 5 percent on average across Rutland County’s three supervisory unions.
The Rutland South Supervisory Union — which contains Mill River Union, Clarendon, Shrewsbury and Wallingford school districts — is seeing an average budget increase of 3.9 percent. Mill River’s budget is growing 0 percent, or $3,702, from $9,768,291 to $9,771,993. Wallingford’s proposed budget is increasing from $2,050,222 to $2,146,795, and an increase of $96,573, or 4.7 percent.
Clarendon’s budget is only rising 2.1 percent, or $65,778, from $3,095,494 to $3,161,272. However, because of the school’s per-pupil spending, voters will face two budget articles. The first is for $3,131,851, while the second is for $44,421. The second article includes a $15,000 request for the district’s building-improvement fund.
Schools within the Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union are seeing average budget increase of 3 percent.
The proposed budget for Fair Haven Union High School is $7,959,045, an increase of $356,470, or 4.7 percent, more than the current budget of $7,602,575.
The Fair Haven School District’s budget is increasing 4.3 percent, or $216,725, from $5,005,935 to $5,222,660.
The Castleton-Hubbardton U-42 budget is rising $233,154, or 4.1 percent, from $5,628,110 to $5,861,264. The Benson School District’s budget is dropping $48,340, or 2.6 percent, from $1,835,725 to $1,787,385.
The Hubbardton School District’s proposed budget of $581,820 is an increase of 8 percent, or $42,900, more than the current budget of $538,920.
The Orwell School District’s budget is dropping almost 1 percent, or $15,490, from $1,711,865 to $1,696,375.
The budget for the West Haven School District is dropping 4.1 percent, or $15,135, from $371,115 to $355,980.
Castleton Town School District’s budget is rising 11 percent, or $34,355, from $311,320 to $345,675.
Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union’s budgets are rising on average 5 percent, when not including statistical outlier Goshen.
The budget for the Goshen School District is dropping 68 percent, or $82,212, from $202,845 to $120,633. Goshen does not operate a school, but instead pays tuition and the town’s school-age population dropped by seven.
Otter Valley Union High School’s budget is rising 2 percent, or $209,519, from $10,332,549 to $10,542,068.
The budget for the Chittenden School District is increasing 5.2 percent, or $182,196, from $3,482,304 to $3,664,500. Mendon School District’s budget is rising 5.1 percent, or $115,403, from $2,265,979 to $2,381,382. Both budgets include funds for Barstow Memorial School in Chittenden and for high school tuition.
The proposed budget for the Brandon School District is $5,250,118, and increase of $193,232, or 3.8 percent, compared to the current budget of $5,056,886.
The Pittsford School District budget is increasing 3.2 percent, or $117,590, from $3,648,281 to $3,765,871.
The proposed budget for the Leicester School District is $1,127,521, an increase of $66,863, or 6.3 percent, compared to the current amount of $1,060,658.
The Whiting School District is seeing an increase in its proposed budget of 5.2 percent, or $27,788, from $530,100 to $557,888.
Sudbury School District’s budget is rising 9.4 percent, or $43,506, or $461,766 to $505,272.