The operating budget represents an increase of 2.9 percent, which is "leaner than previous years."
Voters also approved an education budget of $57,961,288 which represents more than 40 percent of the town's operating budget for FY2015.
The following articles were passed on Monday night:
Article 6: withdrawn
Article 7: Fund Collective Bargaining Agreement - NIPEA/DPW
Article 8: Accept Chapter 73, Section 4 of the acts of 1986
Article 9: Appropriate for Needham Property Tax assistance program
Article 10: Appropriate for Blue Tree Replacement
Article 11: Appropriate the FY2015 Operating Budget. This article was amended to new amounts for the following 3 budget lines due to the passage of the Override in April.
- Group Health Insurance, Employe Benefits & Administrative Costs - $10,398,872
- Police Department Salary and Wages - $5,576,287
- Needham Public Schools Budget - $57,961,288
Article 12: Appropriate the FY2015 RTS Enterprise Fund Budget
Article 13: Appropriate the FY2015 Sewer Enterprise Fund BudgetArticle 14: Appropriate the FY2015 Water Enterprise Fund Budget
Article 15: Continue Departmental Revolving Funds
Article 16: Establish Revolving Fund - Water Conservation
Needham Town Meeting continues on Wednesday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Needham Town Hall. Warrant articles to be voted on include three that focus on amending a zoning bylaw to include a medical marijuana overlay district, and an article to amend the town's off street parking rules.