Having merged their school districts, the Elmore and Morristown school budget and school board elections have become just a check box on a ballot on Town Meeting Day.
And there were a lot of checks: The proposed school budget of $14,073,775 passed 387-187 Tuesday in an Australian ballot vote.
David Bickford of Morristown was elected to a three-year term on the Elmore-Morristown School Board, replacing Dave McAllister. He beat Shelley Schaffer, also of Morristown, 370 -232.
Penny Jones of Elmore was unopposed for re-election to a three-year term.
The joint Elmore-Morristown Unified Union annual meeting was held last week — only 34 registered voters showed up — to act on reports, authorize the school board to borrow money to expenses while waiting for tax collections to come in, and authorize the school board to use $700,000 in surplus money to lower tax needs in the 2018-19 school budget and to put $500,000 of the surplus in a capital fund.
As of June 30, 2017, the surplus fund was $3,040,111.
All the articles were approved from the floor as warned.
The rest of the meeting was an informational session on the budget, which is down 0.1 percent from current spending, but is expected to raise taxes by 5 cents per $100 of property value in Morristown — or $50 for a $100,000 home. In Elmore, the tax rate is expected to increase 9.1 cents per $100 of property value in Elmore — $91 on a property of the same value.