At their annual town election Wednesday Chilmark voters easily approved three Proposition 2 1/2 overrides and reeelected selectman Warren Doty to a fourth term.
The overrides included $78,000 in education spending and two funding requests that will allow the town to help pay for the county health care access and pest control programs.
A total of 211 voters, or 26 per cent of the 805 registered, turned out for the election on a sunny, cool April day.
Voters approved three separate overrides to Proposition 2 1/2, the state law which limits the annual increase in a town’s tax levy to 2.5 per cent.
One override was for $78,000 in education spending, which is sharply up in Chilmark this year due to an increase in students attending Island schools.
When they approved the override on Wednesday, Chilmark became the fourth town to approve the proposed budget for the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, handing the high school a secure operating budget for the coming fiscal year. Edgartown, Tisbury and West Tisbury voters have already voted in favor of the budget. Aquinnah voters will take up their school budget at their annual town meeting on May 13. Voters in Oak Bluffs will act on an education spending override question at a special town election on May 28. The high school budget requires the approval of at least four out of the six Island towns.
Two other override requests related to funding for the county budget. Voters agreed to spend $5,600 to cover part of the operating costs for the county pest control program and $7,200 to fund a portion of the budget for the county health care access program.
“The county provides a good service, I think it should continue,” county commissioner and Chilmark resident Leonard Jason, Jr. said on the town meeting floor on Monday night.
The county, which has experienced its own budget squeeze, has decided to cut funding to both programs.
The three questions were approved as follows:
Question one (education), 151-56; Question two (pest control), 157-51; Question three (health care access), 172-36.
In other results, selectman Warren M. Doty was reelected with 168 votes.
In the only two contested races on the ballot, incumbent Michael Renahan was reelected to the board of health over challenger Perry C. Ambulos 112-82. Incumbent finance advisory committee members Frank LoRusso and John Maloney were reelected over challenger Carol C. Petkus. Mr. LoRusso received 121 votes, Mr. Maloney had 162 and Ms. Petkus had 62 votes.
The following candidates were elected without contest:
Elizabeth B. Oliver, board of assessors, 198 votes; Marshall E. Carroll 3rd and William L. Randol, finance advisory committee, 194 and 140 votes respectively; Janet L. Weidner, library trustee, 194 votes; Walter S. Wlodyka, cemetery commissioner, 177 votes; David M. Flanders, fence viewer and surveyor of wood, lumber and bark, 171 and 175 votes respectively; and Keith Emin, tree warden, 193 votes.
Mrs. Oliver was the top vote-getter.