Conway Voters Approve Budgets, Defeat Caps
CONWAY – Voters went to the polls on Tuesday and re-elected incumbents to the Board of Selectmen and Planning Board but added a new face to the school board while also adopting both the town and school district budgets.
Tax caps on those budgets were rejected.
For selectmen, voters re-elected C. David Weathers and Mary Carey Seavey, each of whom received more than 800 votes, whereas challenger Kevin MacMillan received 594.
For planning board, Kevin Flanagan and Martha Tobin were re-elected to three-year terms with both having a better than 300-vote margin over Steven Steiner.
In balloting for the school board, John Skelton and Janine McLauchlan were re-elected but Rick Breton was not. Challenger Michelle Capozzoli received 940 votes, the highest among the four candidates.
On the town ballot, voters adopted an operating budget of $10,189,547 by an almost three-to-one margin and by an equally significant margin they defeated a proposal to implement a 10 percent cap on how much the amount to be raised by taxes can increase annually.
In an effort to make it unpalatable to voters Tuesday, the town tax cap article was amended during last month's deliberative session, from its original 2.5 percent increase to 10 percent, which is the maximum that voters, by law, can increase a budget proposed by a municipal budget committee at Town Meeting.
The 2.5 percent language survived the school district deliberative session intact but not the will of voters yesterday, when only 46.6 percent felt it should be adopted. Both the town cap, which received 32 percent of votes cast, as well as the school-district cap, needed 60 percent to pass.
Also on the school ballot, voters adopted a $33,848,895 operating budget in addition to collective bargaining agreements between the school board and the Conway Education Association; the Conway Educational Support Personnel; and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.