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Preston voters to decide on school, town budgets at Wednesday referendum

Preston — After a year with no public votes on the town and school budgets due to COVID-19, voters and property owners will go to the polls Wednesday for the annual budget referendum on both spending plans for the 2021-22 fiscal year.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Preston Plains Middle School, 1 Route 164.

The first question asks whether voters support the proposed $12.48 million school budget, and the second question asks voters whether they approve of the $4.02 million town government budget.

Both budgets were forwarded to the referendum after no changes were made by the approximately two dozen residents who attended a June 3 town meeting.

The proposed budgets would result in a tax decrease next fiscal year. The Board of Finance voted in May to use $450,000 from the town’s healthy undesignated fund balance to bring the proposed tax rate to 26.67 mills, down by 0.27 mill, or 1%, from this year’s tax rate of 26.94 mills.

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