Yarmouth meeting OKs school, town budgets

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YARMOUTH — Approximately 121 residents attended Tuesday night’s annual Town Meeting in the Frank Harrison Middle School gymnasium, where they passed a $24.8 million school budget for fiscal year 2019.

The school budget now goes to a voter validation referendum on Tuesday, June 12. The proposed budget represents an increase of about $932,000, or 3.9 percent, over the current budget of just under $24 million. 

The municipal budget approved at the annual meeting is $12.1 million.

The Town Council on May 3 voted unanimously in support of both the town and school budgets which, if combined as proposed with the county’s net tax rate, would increase the tax rate by 3.9 percent, or 67 cents, from $17.16 to $17.83 per $1,000 of valuation. 

Besides the school budget referendum, voters next week will elect two councilors, two School Committee members and one Water District trustee, and decide whether to adopt a charter amendment to allow the recall of councilors by citizen process. 

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