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Sunapee School and Town Budgets Pass



Valley News Correspondent
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Sunapee — Jim Borelli defeated Michael Sisemore, 304-167, for a one-year seat on the School Board while Selectman John Augustine narrowly outpaced a write-in candidate to win another three-year term on the Selectboard.

Joshua Trow, with 500 votes, also won a Selectboard seat in Town Meeting day voting Tuesday.

Results show Augustine, owner of Dexter’s Inn, with 325 votes to 314 for Aaron Warkentien.

Voters passed nearly every article on the town and school warrants, including a town budget of $7.3 million, a school budget of $12.3 million, a new mixed-used commercial district in Georges Mills along Route 11 and the restructuring of the fire department.

But voters rejected $8,660 for the purchase of new voting booths, $55,000 for a new pickup for the highway department and $125,000 for a new forestry truck for the fire department. The appropriations were to come from fund balance or withdrawals from capital reserve funds.

An advisory-only petition article advocating that town employees share in the cost savings of a new health insurance plan passed as did an article to put $21,750 in a reserve fund to cover a portion of the town’s share of the deductible under the new plan.

A group of residents took the town to court last week alleging the wording on the advisory article, which originally asked if town employees should pay zero for health insurance, was changed illegally. The judge ruled against the group.

Other articles, including zoning amendments and money for town and school reserve funds were approved.

Turnout was 23 percent, or 655 of the town’s 2,796 registered voters.