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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.780

Introduced by Representatives French of Randolph, Donahue of Northfield, Haas of Rochester and Hutchinson of Randolph

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Education spending; divided vote for voting budget  

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require that warnings and ballots for school budgets include the substance of the “divided vote” provisions mandated by Secs. 5 and 6 of No. 82 of the Acts of 2007, but would permit school districts to choose the way in which the provisions are worded.  

AN ACT RELATING TO REQUIRING THAT WARNINGS AND BALLOTS FOR SCHOOL BUDGETS ARE SUBSTANTIVELY THE SAME AS THE “DIVIDED VOTE” PROVISIONS REQUIRED IN NO. 82 OF THE ACTS OF 2007

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  16 V.S.A. § 563 is amended to read:

§ 563.  POWERS OF SCHOOL BOARDS; FORM OF VOTE IF BUDGET EXCEEDS BENCHMARK AND DISTRICT SPENDING IS ABOVE AVERAGE

The school board of a school district, in addition to other duties and authority specifically assigned by law:

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(11)(A)  Shall prepare and distribute annually a proposed budget for the next school year according to such major categories as may from time to time be prescribed by the commissioner. 

(B)  If the proposed budget contains education spending in excess of the Maximum Inflation Amount, and the district’s education spending per equalized pupil in the fiscal year preceding the year for which the budget is proposed was in excess of the statewide average district education spending per equalized pupil in that same fiscal year, as determined by the commissioner of education, then in lieu of any other statutory or charter form of budget adoption or budget vote, the board shall present the budget to the voters by means of a divided question, in the a form of vote substantively the same as the suggested version provided in subdivision (ii) of this subsection.

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(ii)  Form The form of vote. shall be substantively the same as the following:

“School Budget Question #1:

Shall the voters of the         School District approve a total budget in the amount of [$                 ], which includes the Maximum Inflation Amount of education spending?


“School Budget Question #2:

If Question #1 is approved, shall the voters of the

School District also approve additional education spending of [$             ]?”

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