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« on: March 11, 2011, 08:10:46 PM »

From the Londonderry Times

Voters: Budgetary Town Meeting Arrives Saturday
Chris Caesar
Londonderry Times

The Budgetary Town Meeting takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 12, in the Londonderry High School cafeteria, with residents voting on the town budget and other monetary items - articles 4-13 on the Town Warrant. No quorum is required for the Town Meeting.

The following will be up for vote:

Article 4 would raise and appropriate $200,000 for the town's maintenance trust fund, created by the voters in 2003 to cover costs associated with repairing and maintaining town facilities. If passed, the act will require a tax rate impact of $0.02 in next year's budget.

Article 5 would approve the town operating budget for the next fiscal year, with the proposed total coming in at $25,727,911. The tax impact of the budget would be $4.48, based upon projected assessed values.

Article 6 would raise and appropriate $200,000, as well as appropriate $125,000 in surplus funds, to the town's capital reserve fund, used to replace large-scale equipment with for the town. The sum of $60,000 would go toward ambulances, $80,000 toward highway trucks, $40,000 to highway heavy equipment and $145,000 to fire trucks. If passed, the article will have a $0.06 impact per thousand on the tax rate.

Article 7 asks residents to raise and appropriate $50,000 for the future updating of the town master plan with surplus funds. If passed, the article would not impact the tax rate.

Article 8 would appropriate $5,411,730 for the town sewer fund, cable fund and "police outside detail" fund. As the services are funded through user fees, article 8 would have no tax impact on residents if passed.

Article 9 asks residents to ratify an agreement with the town's fire union, the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 3160. If passed, the article would raise and appropriate $5,000 to fund the first year of the three-year agreement, with a tax rate impact of $0.002 per thousand in the next fiscal year.

Article 10 would permit the town council to call a special meeting to renegotiate the contract, should article 9 be defeated at the ballot.

Article 11, brought forth by citizen's petition, would raise and appropriate $20,000 to fund personal and protective clothing for members of the town fire department. The article would have a tax rate impact of $0.01 thousand.

Article 12, another citizen's initiative, would raise and appropriate $20,000 to fund the fire department's call company. This too would have a tax rate impact of $0.01 per thousand.

Articles 3 to 10 were all unanimously endorsed by both the town council and budget committee. Article 11 was not, with a 1-4-0 vote on town council, and a 1-6-0 split on the budget committee.

Article 12 also failed to garner their support, with a 1-4-0 vote on town council and a 2-5-0 vote among budget committee members.

Glenn Douglas
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