Bellows Falls voters approve reduced budget
BELLOWS FALLS — Village voters narrowly approved a revised annual village budget Monday night during a special meeting, 52-43.
On a nine-vote margin, voters approved a $1,803,038 budget, which would require $1,697,934 to be raised by taxes. The new spending plan didn't have a ninth police officer for the Bellows Falls Village Police Department.
The Bellows Falls Village Trustees had proposed restoring the ninth officer, which was eliminated in 2009, but voters at the annual village meeting in May made clear they couldn't afford another officer.
However, voters turned down a move to level-fund the village budget, which would have cut the police department's overtime budget.
Some voters made clear Monday night they were reaching their breaking point when it came to taxes, with several people suggesting the village disband as an entity, shifting responsibility for fire protection to the town of Rockingham, leaving police coverage in limbo.