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Candia: Voters nix Keno, senior tax break warrant articles

Union Leader Correspondent

March 15. 2018 11:13PM

CANDIA — Residents who want to play Keno will have to go to a neighboring town, while longtime residents with no children won’t be receiving a tax break this year.

On Tuesday, almost 600 residents came out in the snow to vote, the majority approving 30 of 32 articles on the municipal ballot.

By the slimmest of margins, voters nixed article 25, which would have allowed the operation of Keno games in town, 290-287. Nearby communities such as Hooksett and Auburn approved the initiative.

The other article that failed was submitted by petition and requested a 10-percent reduction in the school portion of the tax rate for residents who lived in town for more than 10 years, had no children in the Candia school system and were 60-years of age or older. A town lawyer said it was not enforceable. The article failed 316-248.

Residents, however, did approve the town operating budget of $2,727,486, by a vote of 423-166.

Boyd Chivers and Susan Price Young both won uncontested three-year seats on the board of selectmen, and Mark D. Chalbeck and Judith Lindsey each earned three-years on the planning board.

In the town’s only contested race, Dennis Hebert Jr. defeated Richard H. Snow, 340-207, for a three-year term as trustee of the trust fund.

Voters also gave the thumbs up, by a tally of 381-207, to the school operating budget of $8,965,512.

And in the school district’s only contested race, Matthew Woodrow earned 381 votes and Mark D. Chalbeck received 356 check marks to win the two available three-year school board seats over Rebecca Cronk, who garnered 283 votes.

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