Voters Reviewed Budget at Town Meeting
At town meeting on May 13, voters reviewed part of the proposed $29.8 million budget for Fiscal Year 2020 but did not get through the entire budget before the meeting was adjourned due to the time, according to a Sun Chronicle article.The second part of the meeting was scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 29. The $29.8 million budget represented a $1.48 million, or five percent, increase over this year’s budget. Approximately $19 million of the total budget is slated for the schools. The town may be facing another Proposition 2 ½ override to fund the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District budget. For more information on the town meeting, see Town Clerk Laura Schwall’s column in this issue.
Voters Changed Marijuana Zoning Bylaw
Voters at the special town meeting (held immediately before the annual town meeting on May 13) approved an amendment to the marijuana zoning bylaw, according to a Sun Chronicle article. The bylaw was amended to allow both medical and recreational marijuana sales in one establishment. The original bylaw only allowed medical marijuana. The amendment was approved 291 to 93.
D-R Student Presented at National Cyber Crime Conference
Nicholas Dubois, 16, recently gave a presentation at the National Cyber Crime Conference in Norwood, according to a Sun Chronicle article. It’s the first time a high school student has given a presentation at the event. Hundreds of law enforcement officers, prosecutors and investigators from across the U.S. and Canada attended the eighth annual conference hosted by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office. Dubois’ presentation was on cyber safety in schools. Dubois is interested in pursuing a career in digital forensics.