Randolph Budget Passes; Voters Elect Board Members

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Randolph — Voters at Town Meeting on Tuesday approved all spending requests and settled two contested races for the Selectboard.

Randolph’s general fund budget of $3.17 million passed, 633-252, and the highway fund was approved, 708-181. Officials have said the town tax rate is expected to increase by about a penny, to just under 77 cents per $100 of valuation.

In contested races, Matt Fordham defeated Selectman Jerry Ward, 468-406, while Perry Armstrong defeated Patrick French for an open seat on the panel, 499-383.

In articles taken up on the floor, voters agreed to allow the town to refinance its mortgage on 45 South Main St., perhaps with another bank, while the property remains for sale. The town had bought the former optometrist’s office two years ago for a potential police station, then opted not to pursue the project because of the potential price tag.

Voters also authorized the town to sell or transfer the property at 3608 Gilead Brook Road, also known as Boy Scout Camp, to a private or nonprofit group that would continue to allow its use by Boy Scouts or a similar youth organization.

In school voting, Melody DeFlorio defeated appointed incumbent Anne Kaplan for a Randolph seat on the Orange Southwest School District School Board, 615-403. And the $16.66 million school budget was handily approved, 767-342.