Tisbury town meeting picks up speed

Tisbury town moderator Deborah Medders moves through the warrant articles at Tuesday's session. Wednesday's session included passage of the town's budget. — Stacey Rupolo

Voters got off to a fast start in Tisbury at night two of town meeting. With a little more than 100 voters at the school gymnasium, Tisbury became the fifth Island town to endorse a nonbinding vote urged by We Stand Together that calls on the town not to spend any money in support of federal immigration policies.

Chief Dan Hanavan voiced support of the article on behalf of Island police chiefs and said he viewed it as a “complement and a support” to existing law enforcement practices.

Voters approved a motion made by Jeff Kristal on behalf of the finance advisory committee to table an article asking to borrow $1.8 million to bury Beach Road utilities underground from Five Corners to Tisbury Marketplace.

Mr. Kristal, referring to the $1.8 million cost, asked the town to “not tip our hand as far as what we are going to approve,” and urged voters to bring the article back to a future town meeting, allowing residents more time to think about the project.  

Voters approved a town budget of more than $27 million, but not before they amended it, reducing a Tisbury School line item by $100,000. The approved the town budget is an overall increase is about $1.6 million, a 6.3 percent increase over the current year’s spending plan.