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Pelham voters reject kindergarten addition

PELHAM --  Though just a small number of voters had cast ballots by closing time Tuesday evening, those who did overwhelmingly rejected most of the proposed warrant articles, including both the town and school budgets, renovations at town hall for a new SAU office and an addition to house the district's kindergarten.


Just several hours before the polls closed, roughly 15 percent of the town's registered voters had passed through the polls, according to Town Moderator Phil Currier.


Failing to pass muster was a $1.7 million kindergarten addition, a $895,000 bond for the renovation of town hall space to serve as a new SAU office, a  $13,093,475 municipal operating budget and a $27,491,452 school district operating budget.


Article 2, which would have brought Pelham's new SAU office to the town hall, failed with 940 residents voting in favor and 1,429 residents voting against the item.


Article 3, the municipal operating budget, failed with just 939 voters in favor and 1,442 opposed.


Voters did agree to spend $266,189 towards road repairs, with 1,819 voting in favor and 550 opposed.


Without challenge, candidates Harold Lynde and Robert Haverty took the two selectmen seats, earning 1,463 and 1,569 votes, respectively.


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