Bolton budget vote is Tuesday

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Jul. 26—BOLTON — Voters will go to the polls to vote on a budget proposal for the fourth time on Tuesday. The vote takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Maurice Parish Hall, 32 Hebron Road.

After voters rejected a proposed 2021-22 budget for the third time earlier this month, the Board of Finance made an additional $80,000 in cuts to its proposal in hopes that residents will approve the spending plan.

The last budget referendum failed by a vote of 378-425 after 803 residents cast ballots. The $22,908,494 budget proposal would have carried a tax rate of 39.61 mills.

Following the referendum, the Board of Finance met and voted to make $80,000 in new cuts: $60,000 from the Board of Education and $20,000 from the Board of Selectmen.

The new $22,828,494 proposal would carry a tax rate of 39.43, Board of Finance Chair Emily Bradley said.

Including those new cuts, the Board of Finance has now cut $237,000 from the town side of the budget and $332,499 from the school side since those budget proposals were submitted to the panel. The Board of Education and Board of Selectmen will decide where the specific cuts will be made in their respective budgets.

The previous budget referendums failed by votes of 267-461 and 293-457, respectively.

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