, Derry, New Hampshire


March 21, 2013

Editorial: Election night shows differing voter moods


In Londonderry, there was no such discontent as voters happily approved nearly every measure placed before them.

Just 1,527 of the town’s 15,940 registered voters, or 9.5 percent, turned out and approved the town’s $27.5 million operating budget and the school district’s $66 million budget.

School security was clearly on the minds of voters as they approved spending $101,000 for an additional school resource officer and a $170,000 plan to upgrade the school district’s security systems.

Voters also approved $710,000 for an already established capital reserve fund to buy ambulances, fire trucks and fire equipment; $100,000 for Cable Access Center support; and a $2.6 million plan for sewer systems to be funded through user fees.

On the school side, a $4.5 million plan to pay for renovations and construction of buildings in the district, if and when they are needed, also passed, 1,147-876. Voters even gave their approval to a citizens petition asking voters to spend $8,500 to fund an official high school varsity ski team.

One town clearly determined to tighten its fiscal belt, the other readily loosening its purse strings. The contrast could not be more striking.

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