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Voters OK budget at Special Town Meeting

  • Voters cast their ballots in a Special Town Meeting vote on the proposed 2013 operating budget in Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Voters cast their ballots in a Special Town Meeting vote on the proposed 2013 operating budget in Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • Voters cast their ballots in a Special Town Meeting vote on the proposed 2013 operating budget in Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

RINDGE — Voters overwhelmingly approved a $3.7 million operating budget Tuesday. But of the more than 4,000 registered voters in town, less than 300 of them came out to cast their ballots.

The $3,707,000 budget includes $1,522,915 for operating expenses and $2,184,085 for town employee wages and benefits. Voters approved the budget 259 Yes votes to 31 No votes.

The budget represents a $90,782, or 2.5 percent, increase over the approved 2012 operating budget of $3,616,218.

In March, voters passed an 18-month budget, but that vote was nullified when a warrant article to rescind the fiscal year change approved in 2012 also passed. With voters electing to stay on a calender-year budget cycle, they were called back to the polls Tuesday to vote on a 12-month budget.

More details in Thursday’s Ledger-Transcript.

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