February 27,2013
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    Town budget

    $240,205; $39,541, or 19.7 percent, more than this year’s $200,664 budget.

    The largest increase in the proposed budget is a new $27,893 line item for the Parker property payment — including interest.

    Highway budget

    $335,650; $46,313, or 12.1 percent decrease, from this year’s $381,963 spending plan.

    The proposed budget includes a $15,000 increase in paving reserve spending, a $7,000 increase in repairs for the grader and $8,000 more in spending on sand. But the increases are offset by the elimination of $74,412 in payments for work on Route 140, a $15,000 reduction in capital improvements for highway equipment and the elimination of a $30,000 line item for the highway facilities fund.

    School budget

    $1,998,890; $62,267, or 3.2 percent, more than this year’s $1,936,623 budget.

    The budget contains a $21,029 reduction in regular secondary education spending but a $32,225 increase in special education spending and $10,350 in additional vocational and after school programming.

    Special articles

    Article 5 of the town warning asks if voters will approve borrowing $300,000 on a five-year loan to pave West Street (Route 140).

    Article 6 of the town ballot asks voters if they want to establish a reserve fund to hold money for the design, construction, improvement or relocation of town facilities including the town office.

    If Article 6 is approved, Article 7 asks voters if they want to appropriate $50,000 to place in the fund.

    Contested races

    There are no contested races in town this year.

    Meeting location

    An informational meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Firehouse Hall. Voting by Australian ballot will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
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