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Town Meeting Wrap 2015: Leicester

LEICESTER — Voters in Leicester this week approved town and school budgets and elected a slate of officials in uncontested elections.
At their town meeting Monday evening residents approved the proposed 2015 town spending plan of $574,282.88 by voice vote. It consisted of a general expenses component and a highway expenses component. Voters OK’d 2015 general fund spending of $271,947.88 with $201,612.18 to be raised by taxes; that is a spending target slightly less than what was budgeted and approved for 2014.
The town’s approved 2015 highway expenses total $302,335, with $237,876.09 raised by taxes. That is $36,600, or 10 percent, less than was actually spent on Leicester roads in 2014, according to the town report. The report notes that actual spending was higher than expected in 2014 because of a big increase in road salt prices and an increased need for winter sand.
Leicester voters this week also approved an additional $20,000 for road paving.
Residents in Leicester passed a Central School spending plan of $1,153,558 for 2015-2016, an increase of $7,199, or 0.63 percent, over the previous year. Voters cast 129 votes with 64 voting in favor of the school budget and 56 against; nine ballots were blank.
An article to authorize the school board to notify the electorate of the availability of future reports online or by request in lieu of distributing paper reports failed by a voice vote.
In the elections for town offices, voters re-elected a number of town officials including Selectmen Tom Barker (114 votes for a two-year term) and Brad Lawes (113 votes for a three-year term), who both ran unopposed. Leicester School Directors Connie Carroll (116 votes) and Mark Raishart (110 votes) also won uncontested races for two- and three-year terms, respectively. Angela Ouellette was re-elected to a three-year term on the Otter Valley School Board with 111 votes. 

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