Wednesday, May 11, 2016
This week, the towns of Rutland and Paxton held Proposition 2 1/2 override ballot votes to support the school budget. Both overrides failed to pass which means that the WRSD budget did not pass in at least 4 of the 5 Member Towns. When a budget proposed by the District is not finalized prior to July 1, I send a letter to the Commissioner of Education requesting approval to operate under a 1/12th budget until a final budget can be established. The 1/12th budget is based upon the prior fiscal year's budget (FY16) and every month the District would operate under 1/12th of the prior year's budget in order to cover operational expenses. The WRSDC now has 30 days from when the proposed budget was defeated in which to establish a new budget. Member Towns have 45 days from when a new WRSD budget is approved by the WRSDC to either reconvene a Town Meeting to vote on the new budget number or the towns can accept the new number without having a Town Meeting.
Please follow this link to see the most recent version of the Wachusett FY17 Budget Book.