Oxbow budget falls again

BRADFORD—Voters narrowly rejected a 2020-2021 operating budget for the Oxbow Unified Union School District last week.
With 1,178 people in Bradford and Newbury participating, 50.3 percent (593) voted against the $16,780,183 proposal while 49.1 percent (578) voted in favor. There were seven blank ballots.
This was the third attempt to get an operating budget for the current school year passed. The margin this time was much tighter than the previous two votes.
Last week’s turnout was by the far the highest in the two towns during the three rounds of voting held in 2020. Like the first round in June, ballots were mailed to all registered voters this time. For the Sept. 1 vote, ballots were only mailed upon request.