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Westport approves 2.85 tax levy to put before voters

Community forums planned

The vote on the budget will take place May 15 from noon to 9 p.m.

Prior to the vote, the school board plans to hold five budget outreach forums to increase public understanding of the boards established budget for the 2012-2013 school year. Board members attended the Westport Town Board meeting on April 24.

On May 3, a Public Budget Hearing will ne held at the school at 5:30 p.m.

Select board members will hold a forum at the Wadhams Fire Department meeting on May 1, at 7 p.m.; the Chamber of Commerce meeting on May 2, at 5 p.m. The location of the chamber meeting has yet to be announced as of April 20. Also on May 2, a forum will be held at the Westport Fire Department meeting at 7:30 p.m.

EXCEL Project

Dr. Gallagher said many people in the community have written letters to the editor against the districts proposed EXCEL project. Some have suggested the school only perform half of the proposed project.

Gallagher said the project cannot be split because the bond was written to include both projects.

“Many people are saying we don’t need a generator because E’town school has one in case of a power outage, that won’t help us because E’town hasn’t hooked up their generator,” school board ember Dwayne Stevens said. “Those people writing letters and posting things on the internet aren’t sitting here, they are not getting the facts and they are going on misinformation.”

Stevens said the inclusion of the generator will save the school money in the long run for any power outage big or small.

“During out last power outage the school lost over $10,000 in food when the refrigerators failed,” board member James Carroll said.

From 1998 through 2011, Gallagher said the school has experienced 13 major power outages.

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