• Berlin defeats supplements, library funding
    March 06,2013

    Stefan Hard / Staff Photo Berlin voter Adam French emerges from the voting booth with his ballot Tuesday during Town Meeting Day voting at Berlin Elementary School.

    BERLIN – The School Board didn’t get some of the money it asked for, the Berlin Volunteer Fire Department didn’t get half of the money it asked for, and Kellogg-Hubbard Library didn’t get any of the money it asked for.

    On an otherwise uneventful Town Meeting Day, Berlin voters weren’t complete pushovers.

    They narrowly approved the School Board’s $3.17 million primary budget request, but rejected a $100,655 supplemental appropriation that had to be voted separately this year. That request was defeated, 194-253.

    Meanwhile, the fire department’s request for $190,985 to cover its regular operations was approved, but, for the second straight year, voters rejected a companion request for $180,000 that would have paid for a plan to “… establish continuous in-station staffing at the Four Corners Station” by creating a stipend program for volunteers. The supplemental funding was defeated, 191-249.

    Kellogg-Hubbard Library was the biggest loser. It’s request for $26,925 – a hefty increase over last year – was defeated, 159-286.

    Voters approved all other ballot measurers, including the $2.4 million municipal budget, which easily passed, 319-124.

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