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Petition drive for budget re-vote fails

BRATTLEBORO—The town budget for fiscal year 2015 will stand at $15.7 million after a petition drive to force another townwide vote failed to garner enough signatures.

The Brattleboro Town Clerk’s office reports that it did not receive enough signatures to launch a second budget referendum by deadline of June 19 at 5 p.m.

Representative Town Meeting approved a $15.7 million municipal budget June 3. Voters had defeated a $16 million budget at Annual Representative Town Meeting April 17.

Under the town charter, to call a townwide vote, citizens must file a petition with at least 418 signatures (5 percent of registered voters) or 50 signatures from Town Meeting members.

Fewer than 100 signatures were submitted.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #259 (Wednesday, June 18, 2014). This story appeared on page A1.

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