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Newport, N.H., voters approve school budget; some articles defeated

Published: 3/9/2021 9:00:05 PM
Modified: 3/9/2021 9:00:04 PM

NEWPORT, N.H. — Voters passed a $19.2 million school budget during Australian balloting Tuesday, 555-68, but rejected a proposed two-year contract for the school district’s support staff, 333-284.

Also approved, 478-194, was the “alternate ballot” article, which referred to the change in the annual school district meeting this year, including an online deliberative session and a drive-thru voting option, because of COVID-19.

In uncontested races, incumbent Rhonda Callum-King and Bert Spaulding Sr., were elected to three-years terms on the School Board.

Voters defeated, 340-274, a request to take $40,000 from a capital reserve fund to buy a bus. They narrowly approved, 309-306, letting the School Board receive and spend unanticipated revenue received during the year without seeking approval from school district voters.

The approved budget is projected to increase the school tax rate by $1.38 per $1,000 of assessed value and add $207 in school taxes to a property assessed at $150,000.

Turnout was nearly 14% or 625 of the town’s 4,541 registered voters.

—Patrick O’Grady

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