Amherst Finance Committee
Like a proud army marching off to war across the comfortable confines of familiar territory, the opening night of Amherst's 255th Annual Town Meeting started off just grand. The question is how well will the army look a month from now after endless combative discussions ... almost always coming down to money.
With a few articles put off to other nights, a few more placed on an automatic "yes" consent list and the benefit of non-controversial articles stacked at the begining of the 45 article warrant, Town Meeting managed to make it to article #16, THE BUDGET. $68 million worth in total.
Amherst Select Board making a hasty retreat
Tonight the Jones Library's tiny percentage of that overall budget came up for discussion. Library Director Sharon Sharry closed her bubbly presentation with, "We're here because of you and for you." The $1,741,512 budget item passed unanimously.
Jones Library Director Sharon Sharry
And since it was now 10:00 PM, Town Meeting would have to vote approval to continue discussion of THE BUDGET. The "yes" votes were 4 or 5, the "no" votes 150 or more. Town Meeting called it a night.