The HUUSD Board met remotely on Wednesday, January 27th to approve the Town Meeting Day warning for the ballot questions regarding the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Budget. We encourage all voters to request mail-in ballots from their Town Clerks, as the school budget questions will not be automatically sent to all voters. In-person voting will also be available in all six towns on March 2.
Article I of the budget warning asks the voters of the District to authorize spending in the amount of $40,390,158. This will result in spending of $18,950 per equalized pupil, an increase of 3% over the current year.
Article II of the budget warning asks voters to approve the allocation of the unassigned audited fund balance from FY 2020 as follows: $1 million to the HUUSD maintenance reserve fund and the remainder of $615,456 to future operating budgets.
The State Legislature is considering establishing a higher Yield than had previously been suggested by the Vermont Tax Commissioner in December. While the resulting equalized tax rate for the school district and the local tax rates in each of our towns will still increase, the impact would be less than had been earlier anticipated.
In order to inform voters about the budget and tax implications, there will be two upcoming Budget Q&A meetings, both offered remotely through Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/386460007) and YouTube (tinyurl.com/huwebapp-youtube-live) on:
Additionally, detailed reports and fact sheets are available anytime at the Business Office page of the District website (huusd.org/business-office). Due to Covid restrictions, the remaining ballot questions which are usually decided in-person at our Annual Meeting, will be warned for a meeting to be held at a later date.