NEWBURY — Town Clerk Leslie Haley reminds residents that they have until 8 p.m. tonight to register to vote in the annual town election. Registration takes place in the town clerk's office until 4 p.m. After that, residents can obtain a registration form at the police department downstairs until 8 p.m.
Voters will fill 15 municipal seats on the May 8 annual ballot and consider a $293,000 tax hike to address needs in the general government, public safety, public works and library.
The election runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the following polling locations: Precinct I — Newbury Fire Station, 3 Morgan Ave.; Precinct II — Newbury Town Library, 0 Lunt St.
Absentee ballots are available until noon on Monday, May 7. A request for an absentee ballot must be received by the town clerk in writing. For more information or for the absentee ballot application, see the town clerk or call 978-465-0862, ext. 314 or 315. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Haley also issued a reminder that the Byfield Water District holds its annual election and district meeting on May 1 at the Byfield Town Hall (Community Arts Center). Election is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the annual meeting at 7:45 p.m. Voters will seat one commissioner for a term of five years and a treasurer, clerk and moderator, each for one year. Absentee ballots are available at the Byfield Water District Office (Pearson Plaza) during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday.
And residents are reminded that dog licenses were due on Jan. 1. Dogs must be licensed by June 1 to avoid a fine.
Licensing can be done at the town clerk's office during regular business hours, at the Newbury police station or by mail using the form on the website, www.townofnewbury.org.