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Rehoboth residents vote in favor of increased school budget

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By: Alexandra Cowley 

Rehoboth residents voted in favor of an increased school budget for the 2015 school year at their annual town meeting Monday night. The new budget forces the selectmen and finance committee to fund the school district with an extra 1.7 million dollars.

One proposal made by finance chairman, Michael Deignan, was to make the increase proposed by the school committee contingent on a proposed 2 and a 1/2 override. The residents voted against that in an overwhelming no that filled the Dighton-Rehoboth High School auditorium. 

More than 500 residents packed the High School auditorium at the town's annual budget meeting. They were all there to have their voices heard about the budget constraints facing the school district. 

The selectmen still have the ability to pull for that 2 and a 1/2 override on the ballot. If it still doesn't pass at that point, they will have to make cuts from elsewhere in the budget. 

They still have the option to not pass the rest of the proposed budget, to help fund the school deficit. The town's next meeting is May 19th. 

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