Your opinion matters! The Burlington School District (BSD) has launched a survey to get feedback from Burlington community members on the impact of this year’s school budget will have on taxes. On January 16th, BSD presented a revised budget proposal to the Burlington School Board that reduces education spending by $145,000. Despite the reduction, the state funding formula would result in tax increase of about 6.92% for Burlington residents.
The District is encouraging community members to visit www.bsdvt.org/alert/survey to provide feedback on this tax impact and the budget proposal.
“We put forth a budget that we think meets the needs and expectations of our students, teachers and community,” said Superintendent Yaw Obeng. Obeng said the revised proposal included making a number of reductions in operating costs, investing in areas aligned with the District’s strategic plan, and using last year’s $1.1 million dollar surplus to reduce the tax impact. The tax impact of the proposed budget is less than the 9.2% increase initially presented by the District.
The proposed budget was discussed at length by the Burlington School Board, who asked to see some changes before meeting again on Monday, January 22 at 6 PM at Hunt Middle School. In preparation for the January 22nd meeting, the District is encouraging people to visit www.bsdvt.org/alert/survey and fill out a brief survey to provide feedback on the proposed budget.
Once the School Board approves a budget, Burlington residents will vote on its approval on March 6th.
Burlington School District (BSD) is a pre-k-12 public school system of about 4,000 students in Burlington, VT. BSD’s mission is to graduate students who: value different cultures, engage with the community, communicate effectively, think creatively, skillfully solve problems, and achieve at their highest academic, intellectual, and personal potential.