• Bellows Falls voters approve reduced budget
    June 25,2013
    • Email Article
    •  
    •  Print Article
     
    Staff Report

    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.
    • Email Article
    •  
    •  Print Article
    2 Comments
    MORE IN This Just In
    Many say they are encouraged by Mayor Christopher Louras’ recent decision to form a group of... Full Story
    Once closed for business, tenants at the Diamond Run Mall in Rutland Town don’t often re-open. Full Story
    ORWELL — The Orwell Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a benefit auction Friday. Full Story
    More Articles