Jay voters approve internet payment


JAY — Voters on Tuesday agreed to use $1,663 from the undesignated fund to pay for the town’s remaining share of supporting a greater Franklin County broadband planning study. The vote was 646-352. 

The full amount requested from Jay is $1,913. Selectpersons previously agreed to use $250 from the board’s contingency funds toward the broadband initiative.

Selectpersons left it to voters to decide on funding the remaining $1,663 to help support the planning study to determine where high-speed internet services are lacking or need to be improved.

The Opportunity Center of North Franklin County began a grass-roots effort this year to expand broadband access throughout the county and Livermore Falls. The organization received a $43,000 grant from ConnectME Authority and county commissioners designated $58,000 from the county’s tax-increment financing agreement.

The municipalities have been asked as a whole to fund $20,000 for the study.