Published DateGILMANTON — Voters narrowly rejected the $45,000 petitioned article on Tuesday's SB-2 ballot that would have funded the operating costs for the Year-Round Library.
Often one of the most controversial articles on the Gilmanton warrant, voters voting for the first time by official ballot, rejected funding by 401 against to 322 for the library.
Turnout for the election — about 30 percent — was twice that experienced in the banner years of 2009 and 2010, when Town Meeting interest for and against funding the library was at its peak.
The library, was opened in 2008 after years of private fund-raising that generated $675,000 according to the New York Times which was attracted to writing a story about the facility in 2008. It took the Year-Round-Library-Association 10 years to raise the money.
The first time the library operations were partially funded with public money was in 2010. Each year since 2009 the selectmen have chosen to put its operational costs — this year pegged at $45,000 — directly to the voters with out the recommendation of selectmen or the Budget Committee. Voters also approved an allocation in 2011 and 2012.
Voters also narrowly passed a warrant article that would require the separation of recyclables at the transfer station and to ask selectmen to develop rules that maximize costs savings as soon as practical.
The warrant article passed with 383 votes yes to 346 votes against. The newest Board of Selectmen has not convened since the vote and at press time it is not know how the board will proceed.