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$2.9M school budget approved

  • Mason residents weigh on on school budget on voting day, Mar. 11.
  • Mason residents weigh on on school budget on voting day, Mar. 11.

MASON — Mason residents overwhelmingly approved the $2,957,139 budget for the 2014-2015 school year at the polls on Tuesday.

The operating budget is down $19,757 from last year’s $2,976,896. Taxpayers saved about $500 by passing the operating budget; the default budget was set at $2,957,601, the same default budget as last year.

The approval was a landslide with 242 residents voting yes and 56 opposed.

Mason resident Jennifer Wallace said at the polls Tuesday that the town doesn’t put enough emphasis on the school budget. “The kids need a little extra,” Wallace said.

The need for support for the school budget was also acknowledged by resident Sue Anderson. “I have no children, but you still need to support the children coming up in the world,” Anderson said.

Stephanie Syre-Hager, chair of the Mason School Board, was happy with the poll results. “The board was proud to present a budget that came below the default budget while maintaining a strong educational program in Mason,” Syre-Hager said in an interview Wednesday.

Christopher Guiry serves alongside Hager on the School Board. He said his goal was to maintain a “strong education program, while keeping the budget as low as possible.”

Guiry is a proponent of the traditional budget process and believes that the proposed SB2 switch, which failed to pass on Tuesday, “might not be as frugal as sponsors thought it would be.” Guiry was responding to claims that SB2 might save the district money when it comes to the voting process.

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