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Town Meeting preview: Grantham splits voting between March and May

Published: 2/26/2021 9:57:30 PM
Modified: 3/3/2021 7:38:03 PM

Hot topic: Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, voting on Grantham candidates, as well as the school budget and articles, will be held by Australian ballot on Tuesday, March 9. Voting on the town budget and municipal warrant articles has been postponed until May, when officials plan to hold a Town Meeting with a floor vote outside.

Budget: On the school side, voters will be asked to approve a $10.3 million operating budget, which is around a 3.2% increase from the 2020-21 school year. If the budget and all articles are approved, the tax rate would increase by 39 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, or an additional $98 for the owner of a $250,000 home.

At the May meeting, voters will be asked to approve a $3.9 million operating budget, which is around a 2.6% increase from the current year’s operating budget. If the budget and all articles are approved, the estimated tax rate would increase by 76 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, or an additional $190 for the owner of a $250,000 home.

Noteworthy articles: Voters in May will be asked to approve several warrant articles for the town, including a $500,000 bond to make improvements to Miller Park Road. Meanwhile, the school district is asking voters in March to approve a $500,000 bond for the renovation of the Grantham Village School playground.

Contested races: On the town side, voters will be asked to choose between James Aukerman and Maria Dahlman for trustee of the trust funds. They’ll also be asked to choose two candidates for trustee of the Dunbar Free Library out of a group that includes Patricia Beasley, Megan Alexander and David Munger. On the school side, voters will be asked to choose two candidates for school board out of a group that includes Edward Upson, Christopher Barrett, Tanya McIntire and Lesley Nesbitt.

When and where: Voting for town and school officials, as well as for the school budget and articles will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9, at Town Hall. Residents who are concerned about stepping inside can cast their ballots at a drive-thru window. A separate, outdoor Town Meeting for the town budget and warrant articles will be held at 10 a.m. on May 15 at Recreation Park.

— Anna Merriman




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