Savoy residents approve budget with 2 percent increase

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SAVOY — Town voters approved a new $1.78 million spending plan for fiscal 2017 on Wednesday.

The proposed budget, broken down into more than 10 articles on the warrant, was approved unanimously at the annual town meeting, according to Select Board Chairman John Tynan.

The budget represents an increase of about 2 percent over the previous year's spending plan and, though the tax rates will not be set until later this year, Tynan does not anticipate any major increases to single family homeowners' tax bills.

There was no major opposition to the articles, but there were questions of clarification from several residents. Particularly, residents asked about the school budget, which increased about $10,000 this year.

"People before and after the meeting were talking and everyone seemed to be happy with the budget from what we could see," Tynan said.

About 50 voters turned up to make their voices heard, he said.

The town saw decreases in its general insurance costs but, like many other municipalities in the state this year, saw its health insurance and school obligations account for a sizable portion of the budget increases.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376


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