Wednesday May 9, 2012

SHEFFIELD --All 30 articles -- including a $9.6 million spending plan for fiscal 2013 -- passed by overwhelming majorities at the annual town meeting.

The town budget, approved at Monday's meeting at Mount Everett Regional High School, represents an increase of 2.84 percent from the current fiscal year.

The meeting lasted an hour. Of the town's 2,249 registered voters, 164, or 7.3 percent, were in attendance.

Voters approved an operating budget of $2.7 million, an increase of 1.7 percent. The budget includes 2 percent raises for non-union town employees; the raises are subject to an employee review.

Voters also approved the town's $6.1 million assessment for the Southern Berkshire Regional School District's operating, transportation and capital budgets.

Voters also OK'd $50,000 to paint the exterior of Town Hall and $50,000 for additional repairs at various town buildings.

Polls will be open for Monday's election from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the senior center. The only contested race is between incumbent Betty E. LeGeyt of LeGeyt Road and Frances E. Roth of Salisbury Road for a three-year term as a library trustee.

Rene Wood is running unopposed for another term on the Select Board.

To reach Trevor Jones:
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