Bellows Falls voters approve reduced budgetJune 25,2013Staff 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.MORE IN This Just InEfforts are underway to raise thousands of dollars needed to pay for medical care and other... Full StoryTOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Update on Center Alley project, review of opiate talk evening at the library and aldermen want kids to wear helmets while riding bikes around town. 0Rutland Herald News Editor Alan Keays and staff writer Gordon Dritschilo discuss some of the... Full StoryThe Associated Press Full Story
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