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Voters to decide  on 12-month budget

RINDGE — Rindge will hold a Special Town Meeting at the Rindge Memorial School on Tuesday for voters to cast their ballots for or against the proposed 12 month operating budget of $3.7 million.

Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

The proposed $3,707,000 budget includes $1,522,915 for operating expenses and $2,184,085 for town employee wages and benefits.

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

Should voters not approve the proposed budget, a default budget of $3,775,759 would take effect.

The proposed budget sailed through a special deliberative session held at the elementary school earlier this month, despite rumors that a resident was going to recommend a budget cut of up to $200,000.

Rindge continues to be without a budget for 2013, following voters’ decision in March to rescind a 2012 vote at the polls that would have changed the town’s fiscal year with a one-time 18-month budget. In order to enact a 12-month budget, the town petitioned the Cheshire County Superior Court this spring to hold a Special Town Meeting, and the court granted that request on June 3.

— by Alyssa Dandrea

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