News Feature

Originally published in The Weekly Packet, May 20, 2021
Brooklin voters approve all warrant items at annual meeting

by Jeffrey B. Roth

Brooklin voters approved 60 warrant items at the annual town meeting held May 15 in the Brooklin School gym. Written ballot Article M59 on the municipal warrant and Article S11 on the school budget warrant passed by majority; all other articles were approved unanimously.

“There were a couple of items that raised a few questions, but all the articles passed…,” William Cohen, chair of the select board, said in a May 17 telephone interview. “The staff counted 63 people, and the whole thing took a little over an hour. I think there were about 45 people who actually cast ballots on the two written-ballot questions, and both of them passed.”

The warrant items included a $52,865 secondary tuition budget for 2021-22, which includes the George Stevens Academy $1,000 per-student tuition increase; a $2,002,134 pre-K through 12 school budget; a $146,200 town administration budget; a $113,162 property tax levy limit; and other budgetary items related to town services.

“I think the highlight for everybody was that we recognized Deborah Brewster for 30-plus years of service to the town,” Cohen noted, “for what she’s done.”