Town Meeting: Voters In Seacoast Towns Reject Major Capital Projects

Mar 11, 2015

An artist's rendering of the proposed renovation and addition to the Rye Town Hall. Voters rejected the project Tuesday.
Credit Town of Rye

Some Seacoast towns voted down major capital projects, although residents in New Castle, it turns out, will have a second chance at one of their warrant articles.

In Rye, residents voted not to spend $4 million dollars to renovate their town hall. In North Hampton, a simple majority favored a $7 million new library, and safety complex: but a super majority was needed to pass the measure.

And at the annual school meeting in New Castle, all articles passed but one:  $1 million dollars to renovate and add on to the town’s Elementary school.  There, School Board Vice Chair Rodney Rowland says – something unusual happened:

"Somebody stood up and asked for a motion to reconsider the vote on Article 1 basically saying they wanted a revote," he said. "That motion passed."

Rowland says he expects an even bigger turn out next Tuesday the 17th, when residents of New Castle vote a second time on the renovation.