Friday, May 9, 2003
12 vacancies, 2 questions on ballot
The town election on Tuesday, May 13, will fill 12 vacancies on town boards and committees and ask citizens to vote on two ballot questions.
While most of the 15 candidates on the ballot are running unopposed, there are three contested races. Three candi-dates are vying for two seats on the Board of Selectmen, including incumbent Doug Stevenson, Tony Allison, and Francene Amari-Faulkner. Library Trustee Brooke Cragen and Ted Read are competing for a single three-year term on the Library Board of Trustees. Dan Holzman and Tom Schultz are running for a three-year term on the Planning Board. (See candidate Q&As beginning on page 7.) Any voter wishing to write in a candidate whose name is not on the ballot must include the person's name and address and check the appropriate box.
Ballot Question 1 asks the town to approve an additional $189,429 in taxes for the FY04 budget of Concord-Carlisle High School. This sum is intended to replace a portion of the expected one million dollar loss in state aid that the governor's budget proposes. This override was approved by a two-thirds vote of Town Meeting, but also requires a majority vote at the ballot box. Failure of the override will leave the school with the levy limit budget, which will require cuts in personnel, programs, and extracurricular activities. Concord residents, who will vote on the same day, are being offered three override options for CCHS. If the two towns pass different budget levels, the Regional School Committee will have the option to accept the lower budget level, ask the town voting the lower level to match the higher level, or call a Joint Town Meeting.
Ballot Question 2 asks the town to approve $150,000 to be used over
five years for the design, construction and maintenance of a 2.6 mile
network of pathways, including the "school loop" and paths
leading from the town center down parts of Bedford Road and East, Lowell,
Concord and Westford Streets. (See story this page and Mosquito, May
2, 2003, page 1, available at www.carlislemosquito.org.) The Carlisle
Pedestrian and Bike Safety Advisory Committee, sponsor of the pathway
project, says that the narrow, winding paths will be surfaced with a
hard-pack material, consistent with the rural character of the town.
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