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Many Vermont communities will decide issues through Australian ballot rather than floor discussion and voice votes on Town Meeting Day Tuesday due to the pandemic.  This year questions range from land purchase approvals to cannabis sales.

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Voters in New York are deciding on school and library budgets and school board members today. 

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about a law requiring school districts to post their budget online. The pair also discuss flood monitoring along the Mohawk River.


School board elections are coming up next week.

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Republican Governor Phil Scott's administration says school budgets need to be reduced more in order to avoid property tax hikes.

After voting Tuesday, it appears 2017 was a great year for the passage of school budgets, according to preliminary reports by New York State United Teachers and the New York State School Boards Association.

School budgets were up for votes in communities around New York state this week, with a vast majority of spending plans being passed by voters.  The New York State School Boards Association says  just five of the 676 budgets proposed by school boards around the state on Tuesday were defeated.

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Voters are deciding on school budgets across New York today.

Around 98 percent of New York school budgets were approved in statewide voting Tuesday.  Tim Kremer, Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association, joins WAMC's Ray Graf for a discussion about the results. 

Voters To Decide Fate Of NY School Budgets

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The fate of New York’s school district budgets is in voter hands tomorrow. Voters will also pick Board of Education representatives.

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Vermont’s Town Meeting Day is quickly approaching. It’s next Tuesday.  The day that personifies democracy in action coincides with the national Super Tuesday primaries this year.  Vermonters are expected to have a heightened interest this year as some schools look at merging and a native son appears on the presidential primary ballot.



  A near-record number of school budgets were approved around the state in Tuesday’s vote. Many are attributing the relative lack of controversy to the three year old property tax cap that limits tax levy increases, as well as an increase in state aid.

99.7 percent of school budgets that stayed within the state’s property tax cap were approved in this week’s vote, according to the New York State School Board Association. The School Board’s Dave Albert says the tax cap, enacted by the governor and legislature three years ago, has played a role, but is not the only factor.

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Vermonters participated in an annual tradition Tuesday, discussing and voting on community issues on Town Meeting Day. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reviews some of the key results.


It is Town Meeting day in Vermont and voters are choosing local officials, deciding school budgets and considering a number of ballot questions.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — New York School districts that saw budgets fail in May will put plans up for new votes Tuesday.  Under the state's tax cap law, school districts have two chances to get budgets passed. If they fail both times, they can't raise taxes at all in the next school year.

A handful of districts are putting the same budgets on the ballot after narrow defeats the first time around.

Other districts made additional cuts in staffing and programs to reduce tax increases.

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A committee of the Vermont House has approved changes in the state school funding system designed to curb growth in spending.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's tax cap is being put to the test as voters cast ballots on the first batch of school budgets drafted under the new taxing limits.

Most districts have proposed budgets that stay within the boundaries established under the cap adopted last year, so it will take a simple majority of votes Tuesday for them to pass.

About 50 districts, hoping to lessen staff and program cuts, are asking taxpayers for a bigger increase in the property tax levy than the cap allows. Those budgets will need a 60 percent "super majority" to pass.

School budget votes will be held across New York next Tuesday, and this will be the first year that districts must comply with the state’s new two percent property tax cap. Most of the school budgets to be decided next week are within the cap, but school officials say it will come at a cost. WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke with Tim Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association.