The Town of Richmond turned out to vote on 3 very long ballots on Tuesday. Turnout was about 51%, which is very high for a town election. The voters choose to support the current government and its policies, but amazingly chose to cut the budget and keep it almost the same as last year. The school budget was also cut - it would appear that the voters became much more fiscally conservative over the past several years. The following results were reported in the Keene Sentinel.
This year Richmond voters will have 3 ballots to fill out. The first ballot contains your choices for Town Officers. It also contains 2 questions regarding Town Meeting. The second ballot contains 11 amendments to the zoning ordinances. The third ballot contains the Monadnock Regional School District Ballot. Note: the following is not the official ballot, but rather a narrative describing the questions and amendments. The official Town Warrant has now been posted on the Town of Richmond website.
On March 9th, the voters of Richmond will vote on the warrant articles for the Monadnock Regional School District. The main and most important article is Article 1 - the school budget. A 'yes' vote means that you want to enact the budget set forth by the School Board and Budget Committee. A 'no' vote means that you want the higher default budget for the year.
This year's elections will be held on March 9th from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Town meeting will follow at 7:30 PM. Its all happening at the Veterans Hall (150 Old Homestead Highway).
The elections will be for Town Officers, new Town zoning ordinances, and Monadnock Regional School District warrants.
As always, Fritz Wetherbee provides excellent insight in I Hate Town Meeting printed in NH Magazine.
On Saturday, February 6, 2010 residents from the towns of Richmond, Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Roxbury, Sullivan, Swanzey and Troy deliberated on the warrant articles to be placed on the ballot during the March 9th elections. The meeting took place at the Monadnock High School at 10:00 in the morning. There were eleven articles to be discussed.