150 at Conway school meeting

by Christian Mower on March 4, 2014

The superintendent of SAU 9 says there was considerable discussion Monday night about the proposed 2014-2015 budget for the Conway School District, teacher contracts and the proposed tax cap.

Dr. Carl Nelson says about 150 people turned out for the nearly 3-hour Conway School District Deliberative Meeting at Kennett High School.

A proposal to increase the budget amount proposed by the Municipal Budget Committee by $250,000 to the level favored by the School Board was defeated, so voters will consider whether to approve an amount of about 33,849,000 when they go to the polls April 8, 2014. If that amount is not approved, the default budget – about $78,000 less – will be in effect.

Nelson says a proposal to increase the amount of taxes raised – to 10 percent – was also defeated, which means voters will consider Article 13 as originally written, “shall we adopt the provisions of RSA 32:5-b, and implement a tax cap whereby the Conway School Board/Budget Committee shall not submit a recommended budget that increases the amount to be raised by local taxes, based on the prior fiscal year’s actual amount of local taxes raised, by more than 2.5 percent?”