Voters pass budget requests

Voters at the annual Town Meeting Monday passed a request of $11.9 million for the town’s share of the Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District budget, about $300,000 less than originally sought. The remainder of the money, town officials said, should come from state aid, once those figures are confirmed. Other money issues that passed were a request from the park department for $400,000 to improve two athletic fields, a nature trail, and roads at the town-owned Ted Williams Camp, and $20,000 for repaving work at the police station. Voters also approved selling 636 acres of town-owned vacant land off Howland Road to the state for conservation purposes. Town officials said 157 residents attended Town Meeting, about two percent of registered voters.