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Final Vote Today on Fulton Schools Budget

Fulton voters go back to the polls today to decide the fate of the school’s budget for the 2010-11 year.

They’ll decide a $60.7 million budget.  It’s about $132,000 smaller than the budget voters defeated by just 7 votes in May.  It raises the tax levy 1.79%.

District officials achieved the extra cuts without cutting more staff jobs.

Whatever the outcome, this will be the last vote on the budget.  A no vote means the district will have to enact a contingent budget.  State law outlines how money can be spent in a contingent budget.  Fulton would have to cut another $150,000 under a contingent budget.

In addition, free or reduced-cost community use of school buildings would end.  Groups using school facilities would have to pay the full cost of operating the facility, a change that would affect everything from Boy Scout meetings to community sports leagues.

Voting takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the four elementary schools.