Election has 2 races, 2 questions.
Byline: Sandy Meindersma
RUTLAND -- The May 11 annual town election will have two races and two ballot questions.
Two seats for the Board of Selectmen are being sought by incumbent Michael Pantos as well as residents Stephanie Bacon and Deborah Kristoff. Selectman Joseph Becker did not seek re-election.
The Wachusett Regional School District Committee has four candidates, including incumbent Julie Kelley. The other candidates include Matthew Lavoie, Lauren Maldonado and J. Edward Novak. Incumbent Robert Remillard is not seeking re-election.
Both ballot questions are money questions.
One is a debt exclusion to cover the cost of the outstanding bonds for the construction of the Central Tree Middle School.
The second question is a $735,000 override to fund the Wachusett Regional School District.
Town Clerk Anita Carlson said the Board of Selectmen will consider placing a third question on the ballot at their meeting April 13.
The override, which only increases the tax rate while the bond is outstanding, is for $324,000 in fiscal 2016. Town Treasurer Rebecca Tuttle said four years remain on the bond, including fiscal 2016.
Incumbents seeking re-election are: Town Clerk Anita Carlson; Moderator Randy Jordan; Assessor Jeffrey Gibbs; Scott Gilroy, Board of Health; Timothy Narhwold, Planning Board; Christine Waible, Library Trustee; and Michael Pantos, Southern Worcester County Regional Vocational Technical High School Committee.
Cindy Trahan-Liptak is also seeking a three-year seat on the board of library trustees; two seats are available.
There are no candidates for a one-year seat on the Board of Library Trustees and for a one-year seat on the Southern Worcester County Regional Vocational Technical High School Committee. Both seats are available due to vacancies created since the May 2014 election.
Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 11.