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Town votes yes on budget

$90,500 backhoe article does not pass, nor does SB2

  • The 2014 Mason Town Meeting took place on Saturday, Mar. 15.
  • The 2014 Mason Town Meeting took place on Saturday, Mar. 15.
  • The 2014 Mason Town Meeting took place on Saturday, Mar. 15.
  • The 2014 Mason Town Meeting took place on Saturday, Mar. 15.
  • The 2014 Mason Town Meeting took place on Saturday, Mar. 15.
  • The 2014 Mason Town Meeting took place on Saturday, Mar. 15.
  • The 2014 Mason Town Meeting took place on Saturday, Mar. 15.
  • The 2014 Mason Town Meeting took place on Saturday, Mar. 15.
  • The 2014 Mason Town Meeting took place on Saturday, Mar. 15.
  • The 2014 Mason Town Meeting took place on Saturday, Mar. 15.
  • The 2014 Mason Town Meeting took place on Saturday, Mar. 15.
  • The 2014 Mason Town Meeting took place on Saturday, Mar. 15.
  • The 2014 Mason Town Meeting took place on Saturday, Mar. 15.
  • The 2014 Mason Town Meeting took place on Saturday, Mar. 15.

MASON – Residents voted against spending $90,500 to purchase a backhoe loader, the most controversial article on the warrant at Saturday’s Town Meeting. according to Select Board Chair Charles Moser.

The town’s operating budget of $1,700,248 was passed by voters with little resistance.

“The Select Board went through the budget carefully,” Moser said on Monday.

Despite not wanting a new backhoe loader, residents felt that the roads could use maintenance, passing a $50,000 article for the repair of the towns paved roads.

“There was a lively discussion about road maintenance and changes,” said Moser.

A petition article to switch the town to the SB2 official ballot system once again failed.

Voters also approved $4,320 for the purchase of SCBA bottles for the Fire Department, and $9,000 for the police cruiser capital reserve fund. They also put $10,000 in the Fire Department’s Building Reserve fund.

State Senator Peggy Gilmour (D-Hollis) attended the Mason meeting and described the residents as “very engaged and energized.”

“It was New Hampshire democracy in action,” said Gilmour, who represents Mason in the legislature, on Monday.

“It’s important for me to understand what goes on in that town,” said Gilmour. “It’s a good way to connect with the townspeople.”

At the polls on Tuesday, Mar. 11, Lisa Lavoie was elected in the uncontested select board race. She will take outgoing selectman Peter McGinnity’s vacant seat.

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