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Voters Approve $57,961,288 School Budget at Town Meeting

Town Meeting. Credit: Patch file photo
Town Meeting. Credit: Patch file photo
Needham residents voted to appropriate the town's operating budget for FY2015 at $127,693,897 in the first night of Annual Town Meeting on Tuesday, May 6. 

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 5: Establish Elected Officials Salaries
Article 6: withdrawn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 Budget

Article 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. 

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