Smooth sailing at Town Meeting

Voters at Town Meeting passed all 29 articles on the warrant, including a $26 million operating budget for next fiscal year, several Community Preservation Act funding requests, a conservation restriction on the newly formed Elliott Preserve, and a one-year moratorium on medical marijuana centers in town. The Finance Committee said the new spending plan will mean an approximate 5.5 percent increase in the average residential tax bill, with much of the increase helping to pay for building projects at Carlisle Public School and Concord-Carlisle Regional High School.