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WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge residents on Town Meeting Day elected a new selectboard member and passed all of the money items on their warning.
Alix O’Meara bested T. Charles Jordan, 137-38, in the race for a two-year term on the selectboard. It was the only contested race on this year’s ballot.
Citizens attending Weybridge’s annual gathering on Monday passed, by resounding voice votes, their proposed general fund budget of $126,358 and the proposed highway budget of $500,119.
Also garnering support by voice vote was the selectboard’s request to borrow up to $50,000 over five years toward the purchase of a new, one-ton truck.
In other town meeting action, Weybridge residents supported:
•  $25,000 for the local fire department.
•  $13,000 to subsidize the local volunteer recycling program.
•  A combined total of $23,575 for various Addison County social service programs.
For the first time in many decades, Weybridge residents did not vote on a local school budget on their town meeting day. They — along with other voters in the newly unified Addison Central School District (ACSD) — instead decided a K-12 budget for the entire seven-town district.
The proposed ACSD budget for 2017-2018 calls for approximately $37.7 million in spending to cover the combined operating costs for all district schools. The budget reflects $30,428,802 in net, local education spending, which represents a 0.60-percent decrease compared to this year, according to ACSD officials. That budget passed overwhelmingly.
Weybridge’s homestead education property tax rate is projected to decline from the current $1.94 per $100 in property value to $1.76, according to the ACSD budget documents.
Officials picked in uncontested elections included Donald Mason, three years, selectboard; Spencer Putnam, one year, town moderator; Joan Jordan, five years, library trustee; and Jamie Northrup and Eric Bowdish for 10-month terms on the local elementary school board.

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