It was a relatively quiet night as Southborough’s Annual Town Meeting continued last night, both in terms of attendance and in terms of the discussion. There were more open seats than filled ones, and only a handful of residents took to the microphones to discuss the various articles, including ones like the school budgets that commonly see lengthy debate.
At the end of the night, voters had approved a $47.7M municipal budget for fiscal year 2013, a 2.72% increase over the current year, which translates to a $150 tax increase for the average Southborough homeowner.
While there was plenty of discussion about the school budget – along with related topics like MCAS performance, teacher salaries, and declining school enrollment – on this blog and elsewhere in the lead up to Town Meeting, very little of it made its way to the floor last night.
You can read a nice recap of what little discussion there was on both the K-8 and regional school budgets in this article by the Metrowest Daily News.
Schools weren’t the only big budgets that made it through with little scrutiny last night. An increase to the public safety budgets of 2.74% along with a 2.68% increase to the library budget were approved without any discussion, as was a 1.08% decrease to the DPW’s tree, cemetery, and highway budget.
Town Meeting also allocated $300K for road maintenance and approved more than $1.1M for various capital items like defibrillators, hoses, and a new generator for the fire department, DPW equipment and facility upgrades, and two new police cruisers.
Did you attend Town Meeting last night? Were you surprised by the low turnout? Did you expect more discussion about budgets and other articles? Share your impressions in the comments below.