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After town budget defeat, Rumford board to meet Tuesday
RUMFORD -- Following Tuesday's vote that defeated the $8 million Rumford municipal budget, a special Board of Selectmen's meeting will take place at 6 p.m. next Tuesday in the Rumford Falls Auditorium.
According to an email from the town manager's office Wednesday afternoon, the purpose of the meeting will be to decide upon recommendations for defeated budgetary articles. The Board will decide upon the recommendations to go before the voters at this meeting and/or the next regularly scheduled Board meeting of June 20.
The Finance Committee members will also need to reconvene to make a recommendation for the voters. The Finance Committee Chair will determine the date and time of the meeting to take place before June 26 and after the BOS has made their decisions.
The Board of Selectmen will meet to approve the new warrant tentatively on July 3 and hold a public hearing by July 11. The budgets must be voted upon by the citizens of Rumford by July 26.
Well into the day on Wednesday, Town Clerk Beth Bellegarde said she was still tallying Tuesday's votes, but expects to have official results later in the day. Once official, the results will be posted on the town website at www.rumfordmaine.net.
At the polls, residents had five ballots each for the municipal and school budgets, municipal elections and proposed ordinances and amendments.
Unofficially, Bellegarde said all municipal budget articles failed, except for a few minor initiated articles.
Town Manager Carlo Puiia said the current 2011-12 budget, which ends on June 30, will prevail at 1/12th its amount per budget article per month until a new budget article is accepted by voters.
As for union contracts, which have already been approved by selectmen, each union will have to be involved in new budget discussions, Puiia said. Unions can take legal action on the lack of funding at the agreed-upon rate, he said.
Meanwhile, unofficially, incumbent selectman Brad Adley and former selectman Frank DiConzo were elected to three-year terms on the board. Unofficial results were Adley, 733; DiConzo, 653; Chris Brennick, 612; Lynden Clarke Jr., 375; and Mary McPherson, 359.