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April 07. 2014 10:44AM

Conway votes Tuesday on tax cap

CONWAY – Voters will go to the polls Tuesday to consider contested races for selectmen, planning board, and school board as well as to decide whether the town and school district should operate under spending caps.

The polls open at 8 a.m. at the Conway Community Center and will close at 7 p.m.

For selectmen, voters will choose from  three candidates for two open positions: David Weathers, Mary Carey Seavey and Kevin MacMillan, who is the lone non-incumbent.

For planning board, the choice is identical in that there are three candidates vying for two seats. The incumbents seeking reelection are Kevin Flanagan and Martha Tobin, while Steven Steiner is hoping to win his first term.

There are four candidates for three seats on the Conway school board with Michelle Capozzoli facing Rick Breton, John Skelton and Janine McLauchlan, all of whom are incumbents.

On the town ballot, voters will consider adopting a municipal operating budget of $10,189,547, but if the measure fails then the default budget would be $10,130,348.

Earlier this year, residents who were concerned about what they said was Conway's spiraling tax rate introduced petitioned articles during the respective deliberative sessions on both the town and school warrants that would enact a "tax cap" to restrict how much the annual amount to be raised by taxes could rise.

Supporters of the tax-cap petitions wanted to control the increase to no more than 2.5 percent, and the measure passed intact on the school warrant but was amended to 10 percent on the town warrant, prompting selectmen and the budget committee – which had been on opposing sides of the tax-cap question – to note on Tuesday's ballot that they both did not recommend the amended article.

Both the school and town tax-cap articles require three-fifths of all votes to succeed.

On the school ballot, voters will consider an operating budget of $33,848,895, and if they fail to adopt it, the default budget would be $33,771,150. Voters will also weigh in on a new collective bargaining agreement between the school board and the Conway Education Association.

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