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Huge Turnout Leads to Approval of Fulton School Budget

A big turnout of voters provided a big margin of victory for Fulton’s school budget proposal.

The budget passed, 954 to 608.

This budget is about $130,000 slimmer than the $60 million budget voters defeated by 7 votes a month ago, 595-588.

“We’re very pleased with the response of the voters,” said Superintendent of Schools Bill Lynch.  “We did listen carefully to the results of the first election and went back and made adjustments to the first budget and we recognize that we live in very challenging times.”

There were only 13 more “no” votes on Tuesday than there were a month ago, while the number of “yes” votes jumped by 366.  The budget won by solid margins at all four polling places, which were located in the district’s four elementary schools.

“It’s good that the residents of the community came out and participated,” Lynch said.

The budget requires an increase in the tax levy of about 1.79%.

There won’t be final numbers until the state completes its budget, which will tell school districts how much state aid they’ll get. The budget is more than 10 weeks late.  “We’re waiting on the state,” said Lynch.

Audio: Bill Lynch on the budget approval:

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