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Goffstown voters reject zoning changes, OK budgets

GOFFSTOWN — The Planning Board and Board of Selectmen will have a changing of the guard, and possibly future changes in planning and zoning policies for the town and Pinardville.

Peter Georgantas won a Board of Selectmen seat left vacant by Phil D’Avanza with a 1,525 to 755 vote over state Rep. John Burt’s 755 votes.

On the Planning Board, D’Avanza and James Raymond won the two seats over incumbents Mark Warden and John Hikel. D’Avanza won by 1,471 votes and Raymond with 1,388 votes. Hikel received 728 votes and Warden 621 votes.

By petition, voters were asked to change the zoning on all parcels on both sides of Mast Road to the commercial zone, from the Manchester line to the Mast Road/Henry Bridge Road intersection. The move was defeated 1,337 to 901. Voters also voted against a changing the zoning of 12 Joffre Street from residential to residential small business office zone by 1,401 to 784.

The town’s $19.5 million budget passed 1,795 to 508; and the school district’s $37.7 million budget also passed 1,387 to 955.

Voters also approved raising $100,000 for the fire department apparatus capital reserve fund by 1,449 to 808 votes; $20,000 to support Goffstown Main Street Program with 1,444 to 819 votes; $20,000 for Crispin’s House, 1,577 to 688; and $5,050 for the Goffstown Waterway Association’s effort to mitigate milfoil in Glen Lake, 1,816 to 512.With the town’s $19,580,945 operating budget and the above warrant articles, the total 2014 projected tax rate will be $9.42 per $1,000 property valuation, a decrease of 30 cents, or $70 less in taxes for a $250,000 home.

The School Board’s budget reflects a 2.93 percent increase or 88 cents per $1,000 property valuation, for a projected tax impact of about $220 on a $250,000 home — an anticipated tax rate of $14.58. The budget includes a secretary position, increasing the library media specialist from part time to full time, one special education teacher and increasing summer hours for the custodian at Bartlett Elementary School; hiring an eighth-grade teacher, adding two part-time library assistants and providing a late school bus at Mountain View Middle School; increasing summer hours for an educational assistant and installing new exterior locks at Maple Avenue School; a technology update and allocations for textbooks, library books and supplies.

The teacher contracts was also approved by a 1,403 to 945 vote. The support staff contract passed 1,405 to 926.The new AREA agreement between Goffstown and New Boston was passed by both of the towns’ voters. Goffstown approved the new agreement of accepting New Boston students in grades 7 through 12, 1,908-413. In New Boston, the vote was 628-135.

— Susan Clark, Union Leader Correspondent

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