Voters ok $73 million town operating budget: Reject call by resident to upend process and start over
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Voters at Saturday’s annual Town Meeting approved the FY2017 operating budget of over $73.1 million but only after an attempt by one resident to throw out the budget and start over by making the town commit to a two percent property tax increase.
After Town Manager René Read gave his 2017 budget presentation and after Finance Committee chairman Betsy Sullivan discussed the budget overall, Tremont Street resident Terry Reiber asked what the overall property tax increase would be to fund the operating budget. He wanted to have the town keep its budget from increasing annually more than the rate of inflation.
“These budgets are death to the taxpayers by 1,000 additions,” said Reiber. “I would ask at what point are we going to hold the costs to the inflation rate? Let’s go for an overall two percent increase.”