Webster voters approve all items at Town Meeting in short order

  • A voter walks up the steps of Webster Town Hall to vote. Monitor file

Monitor staff
Published: 3/14/2020 1:48:51 PM

Voters made quick work of business at Saturday’s town meeting passing all 15 warrant articles in quick order.

Voters approved the operating budget of $1.55 million and all spending items, including $41,500 for a new police cruiser, $15,00 for a technology fund to purchase and maintain town computers and software, and $15,000 to restore and repair the windows at the Old Meeting House, with matching funds coming from the Webster Historical Society.

“We breezed through all the articles with very little discussion,” said Town Administrator Leslie Palmer.

Voters changed only one article, deciding to send 100 % of the money from the land use change tax into a new town conservation fund, as opposed to just a portion of the revenue.

 “There was a great deal of support for that article,” Palmer said.

Overall spending, which includes grants and other forms of revenue, is set to go down after a year or making town government more efficient by trimming waste, eliminating duplication and enhancing day to day operations, according to town officials. The total spending for the town is expected to be $2.25 million, which is a 5% reduction over last year.   

In town-wide voting Tuesday, David Hemenway beat Ben Nadeau for a seat on the Select Board.

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