A sparse turnout of Chilmark voters at the annual town election Wednesday overwhelmingly approved two override questions to help pay for education costs.
With no contested races, voter turnout was light this year at the Chilmark Community Center. A total of 134 ballots were cast, about 15 per cent of 917 registered voters.
Voters approved a $122,000 override question to help pay for the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School budget, 102 to 30. They also approved a $71,000 override for the Up-Island Regional School District budget, 104 to 28.
The total approved town education budget for 2015 is $3.3 million, up $313,000 or 10.5 per cent over last year. At the annual town meeting on Monday, voters approved an $8.7 million operating budget for 2015, up more than six per cent over last year.
Selectman Warren Doty was reelected to his sixth three-year term with 99 votes.
Elected without contest were:
Elizabeth Oliver, board of assessors, 114; Matthew Poole, board of health, 120; Marshall Carroll 3rd, finance advisory committee, 114; James Malkin, finance advisory committee, 107; Richard Osnoss, planning board, 105; Janet Weidner, library trustee, 123 (top vote getter); Jane Kaplan, library trustee, 114; Wesley Cottle, cemetery commission,117; Keith Emin, tree warden, 122.
Two write-in candidates were elected: Joan Malkin won a seat on the planning board with 30 votes, and Keith Emin was elected fence viewer with seven votes.