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$100M Westport Schools Budget Gains Final Approval

WESTPORT, Conn. – Westport schools will receive every penny requested for next year after the town’s legislative body unanimously approved the proposed Board of Education budget, without change, on Tuesday night.

The budget not only sailed through without being trimmed, Representative Town Meeting members also lauded education officials for the tight spending plan.

“I ran for the RTM to support a sound school budget, and that’s what this is—a very fiscally sound budget,” RTM member Louis Mall said. “We’re very fortunate to have a Board of Education where there’s continuity, and not the partisan politics. The focus is always what’s best for our kids.”

Since no cuts were made, the district will receive $100,386,827. This budget represents a more than $2.1 million— or 2.17 percent — increase over the current year.

The RTM approved an $87.8 municipal budget Monday night . Combined with the schools budget, Westport’s overall spending plan for the 2012-13 year is $188.2 million. The new fiscal year begins July 1.

Now that the budgets are finalized, the Board of Finance will soon set a new mill rate, or tax rate, for the next fiscal year.

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