Leslie and I are retired and live on fixed incomes. Like everyone else, we’ve been hit by the rising cost of living. It has caused us to take hard looks at our spending and think about our priorities.

Both of us are ready to vote against the school budget for the first time in our lives. We will do that not because the proposed budget is too large but because it is too small and will have undesirable consequences. We retired from the Barre schools and know firsthand the negative impact of underfunding, which is what the proposed budget does. Here are some of the issues we all should consider:

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