A second factor may have been the addition of the turf field in the capital plan. Although part of the original budget, it was removed before the budgets were presented at the Public Hearing. A large show of support for the turf field at the Hearing motivated the Board of Finance to add it to the capital plan. Dissenting voices at the Town Meeting questioned the need for the field, as well as the cost to taxpayers.
A final factor may have been the news in late March that construction of the new police station is over budget by $889,000, due primarily to electrical and HVAC costs as well as unforeseen site issues.
At this juncture, the education budget has been approved and will not face any changes. The Board of Finance will reconvene on Tuesday, April 17, to reconsider the town budget and capital plan, as mandated by the voters. Those two budgets will go to Referendum again, on a date to be determined.
The Board of Finance will also be discussing the police station construction overage at a later date, and taxpayers will also have the opportunity to vote on those additional funds.