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Allenstown: Voters reject town, school operating budgets

By RYAN O'CONNOR
Union Leader Correspondent

March 13. 2018 11:56PM




ALLENSTOWN — Voters rejected both the town and school district’s proposed operating budgets on Tuesday.

Despite recommendations from both the Board of Selectmen and Budget Committee, the $4,003,181 town operating budget failed by a vote of 131-112. The default budget is $3,962,560, which matches last year’s budget, plus legally required adjustments.

Voters, however, did approve, by a 182-77 vote, a new economic development plan that allows for tax exemptions for new construction performed in commercial and industrial zones in town.

In Allenstown’s only two contested races, Sandra McKenney defeated Thomas Irzyk for a three-year seat on the Board of Selectmen, 139-122. And, in the vote for sewer commissioner, Jon Rodger edged Howard Komm, 132-125.

Like the town side, both the school board and Budget Committee recommended a $10,077,085 budget, which would have increased the tax rate by 48 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, but voters delivered an overwhelming “no” vote, 172-87. The default budget is $9,981,335.

Jody Moore and Kris Raymond each earned uncontested school board seats with 194 and 198 votes, respectively.


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