• Lauzon urges support for failed city and school budgets
    April 24,2013

    By David Delcore
    Staff Writer

    BARRE – Mayor Thomas Lauzon says he didn’t support either of the major budget proposals that were handily rejected by Granite City voters last month, but he does now.

    Citing adjustments that have been made to spending plans for both the city and its centralized elementary school, and what he views as a now-tolerable increase in the local tax rate, Lauzon said Tuesday night that he is prepared to vote for both budgets next month and is urging others to do the same.

    “I am hopeful that people will get out and recognize the effort that has gone (into revising these budgets),” he said, suggesting the sticker shock that prompted voters to decisively defeat them on Town Meeting Day was certainly understandable.

    Lauzon said even he voted against the proposed budgets, which would have collectively added more than 13 cents to the local tax rate, an increase of about 4.9 percent. That increase would have meant paying an additional $136.50 in property taxes for every $100,000 in assessed value.

    Thanks to a “team effort” that was a mix of “hard work” and good fortune, numbers Lauzon once viewed as “too high” are now about right, according to the mayor.

    For the complete story, see Thursday's Times Argus.

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