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February 8, 2013

Timberlane voters add $150,000 to budget for athletic use

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Later in the meeting, an attempt was made to cancel out the added money. Jim Garrity of Atkinson proposed an amendment to reduce the teachers’ contract by $150,000 in response to the previously passed article.

“This essentially gives the taxpayers back the money which was just spent a half hour ago,” Garrity said.

Lou Broad, president of the Timberlane Teachers’ Association, outlined the negative effect it would have on the teachers.

“I understand the spirit of what you are trying to do, but there are serious consequences to this,” Broad said. “The least of which would be that we would have to go back to negotiation.”

Many residents also spoke out against the amendment.

“That just took me by surprise,” said Deb Brown of Sandown. “It would be extremely unfair to ask our teachers and our school employees to bear the cost of something we just decided to raise money for.”

Garrity later withdrew the amendment.

An article to add $200,000 to a capital reserve fund for building renovations also advanced to the ballot without amendment.

Only 75 of the district’s 16,923 voters turned out to the meeting which lasted about two and a half hours.

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