Friday, May 14, 1999
Town election will be Tuesday
Residents were generous at Town Meeting, but it will be up to voters at the election to decide whether to approve up to $3,082,062 in overrides and debt exclusions. The election is Tuesday, May 18 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Town Hall.
The election of town candidates has only one contest, with incumbent selectmen John Ballantine and Vivian Chaput and finance committee chair Charlie Parke vying for two seats on the board of selectmen. The only other interesting race is the planning board where there are two vacancies. Trails committee member Louise Hara stepped forward for one seat and her name is printed on the ballot. Just this week, two write-in candidates,Thomas Lane of Bingham Road and Linda Lineback of Fern Lane, stepped forward, creating a contest. (See biographies and letters on pages 10-13)
More likely to draw the voters this year are the ballot questions for a three-tiered override, conservation funds, a new fire engine, the purchase of the Wang-Coombs land and heating/ventilation repairs at the Carlisle school. The most confusion has come from the highest tier of the override (Question 1a). This question includes items in the lower tiers as well as funding for a recreation director ($25,000) and toddler playground ($10,000). If Question 1a is approved, taxes will be assessed for an additional $374,362. The amount on the ballot shows $445,862, but Town Meeting voters turned down the requests for additional school funds and the trash compactor. Contrary to what was said earlier, residents will not be taxed on the larger sum. However, the levy limit will be permanently increased by the larger sum, according to town administrator David DeManche on the advice of town counsel. (See pages 5-7for the ballot question information)
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