Highlights of the Bingham Town Meeting and election, held Monday night.

BUDGET: Those in attendance for the March 6 Town Meeting approved a municipal budget of $588,786. First Selectman Steve Steward said this was a 12 percent reduction from the previous budget, thanks to money from tax increment financing.

MAJOR ITEMS APPROVED: Residents approved all warrant items, including $141,048 for government spending, $177,620 for public safety and $86,000 for the Public Works Department. The bulk of the public works spending will go toward road projects.


ATTENDANCE: First Selectman Steve Steward said about 35 residents attended the meeting, which took about an hour. He said no items were debated.

CONTESTED ELECTIONS: Third Selectman Gloria Jean Shaw ran unopposed for another term and received 60 votes. There was a contested School Board race. Incumbent Bonnie Atwood had run unopposed on the ballot and received 24 votes. However, there were two write-in candidates, both of whom who received more votes and won the two open seats. Jessica Mills received 46 votes, and Jennifer Cates received 41.


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