ConVal and Jaffrey-Rindge school budgets fail
ConVal School District
Voters turned down ConVal’s proposed $45.8 million operating budget on Tuesday and rejected four warrant articles on the ballot as well.
Just 45 percent of voters overall favored the budget. It passed by wide margins in Peterborough and Antrim, the district’s two largest towns, but drew less support in the smaller towns, especially Temple, where just 19 percent of voters were in favor, and Greenfield, where 23 percent were in support.
The district will now use a default budget of $45 million for the next school year.
Four warrant articles — to repave the ConVal High School parking lot, resurface and upgrade the track at the high school, revamp the South Meadow School exit road and to purchase a tractor for the Facilities Department — also failed.
Jaffrey-Rindge School District
The Jaffrey-Rindge School District budget has failed, leaving administrators with a large gap between the proposed and default budgets. A majority of Rindge voters opposed the proposed budget of $26,019,402, resulting in a default budget of $25,541,923, a difference of $477,479
Sharon has once again voted to pay for police, fire, waste, and library services from the town of Peterborough. However, opinions were divided and debate was vigorous concerning the decision to pay the Peterborough Town Library $7,920 for a per capita membership fee.
In addition to selecting officers and unanimously approving the budget, the town also supported a petition asking Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to reverse a 2010 Supreme Court decision and limit and regulate election spending.
Write-in candidate Kermit Williams has won the open Select Board position in Tuesday’s election.
George Willard will be taking up the seat left vacant this year by Select Board member Mike Darnell.
The town’s budget this year failed, leaving the town with $50,000 to cut from its proposed budget. Next year, the town will have to go through a new process to form its budget, with a warrant article calling for the formation of a municipal budget committee passing at the polls.
Amendment 5 signs lined Main Street, going past the Town Hall, and alternated almost equally between advocating yes and no votes. But last night with a 390 to 278 vote, Antrim residents voted down the proposed zoning amendment to allow for the construction of commercial wind farms.
The keeping of chickens and poultry will now be permitted in all town zones, provided those kept in the Village District are kept in pens, and residents approved of all 21 articles that include saving money for upcoming projects and the proposed operating budget.
Following a heated race for the open Select Board position, Abigail Arnold will keep her seat, with a 342 to 256 vote.
Also, Francestown residents can now open a farm stand on their property without a special exception from the Planning Board, now that a proposed zoning amendment passed at the polls Tuesday, 496 to 61.
The proposal for a neighborhood heritage district in Greenfield was voted down by a wide margin.
Greenfield's contested Select Board race was won by Margaret Charig-Bliss.
Mason School District
Mason voters approved the proposed operating budget of $2,957,139 for the 2014 academic year.