Voters adopted almost all articles as presented, including a $1.6 million school budget and a municipal budget of just over $1 million.

They rejected one proposal to use money left from a wood energy project to pay down the principal on a 2012 school construction bond. The school committee had supported the article, but the Budget Committee and the selectmen recommended rejection.

Town Manager Mark Robinson said the latter groups thought it was not financially prudent to pay down a bond which has a near-zero interest rate.

As a result of the Town Meeting votes, Robinson said on Wednesday that the tax rate should remain around $13.55 per $1,000 worth of property, provided the Legislature does not make cuts that have an impact on revenue sharing, excise tax collection and local road funding.

Selectmen set the tax rate in September, he said.

Some 40 registered voters attended the meeting, which lasted about 2 1/2 hours.

Betty Adams — 621-5631
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