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WSESD school district vote underway by mail; in-person voting June 30

The writer serves as chair of the Brattleboro Town School Board. His opinions are his own.

Voters in Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, and Putney:

Approval of the proposed operating budget for WSESD means the tax rate will go up $0.013 per $1,000 of valuation — a little over a penny. This would result in a $13 annual tax increase on a homestead assessed at $100,000; $26 for a $200,000 homestead, $39 for $300,000, etc.

The ballot language required by the Legislature reports a 4.5-percent increase in spending per equalized pupil, but this is not your school tax rate.

Our budget is up 1.8 percent. Based on the school funding formula, this will result in an increase of 0.8 percent in the equalized rate, to $1.721, versus the current rate of $1.708. That is $0.013 per $1000 assessed valuation.

Please contact your town clerk for a mail-in ballot; or plan to vote safely on Tuesday, June 30:

Brattleboro: 802-251-8157;

Dummerston: 802-257-1496;

Guilford: 802-254-6857 Ext. 101;

Putney: 802-387-5862 Ext. 13;

If you are not currently registered to vote, go to the online voter registration page at, or contact your town clerk.

In-person voting for voters takes place on Tuesday, June 30. Voters are encouraged to bring their own black pens. If you have any questions, please contact your town clerk.

Locations for in-person voting on Tuesday, June 30, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

Dummerston: Town Office, 1523 Middle Rd., East Dummerston

Brattleboro: WSESU Central Office, 53 Green St. Masks are required and will be provided.

Guilford: Broad Brook Community Center, 3940 Guilford Center Rd.

Putney: Putney Central School, 182 Westminster Rd. The polls will be drive-thru.

David Schoales

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Originally published in The Commons issue #567 (Wednesday, June 24, 2020). This story appeared on page B2.

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