WESTMINSTER -- Westminster's town warrant seems unlikely to stir up much controversy this year, as most articles pertain to the typical housekeeping matters of the town.
Voters of the town, the Westminster Town School District and the Westminster Town Fire District Number 3 have been warned at the Bellows Falls Union High School auditorium at 10 a.m. Saturday on the latter 15 of the town warrant's 16 articles. The same voters were warned to meet at the Westminster Institute between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, to elect all town, school and fire district officers via Australian ballot.
The polls will remain open until 7 p.m., when the meeting will recess to meet at the BFUHS auditorium at 8 p.m., to consider any remaining articles if necessary.
Article 9 asks voters if they wish to release to general fund $14,500 held in a solar feasibility study reserve fund in order to offset expenses through the FY2015 budget. If voters adopt Article 10 and decide to raise money for the maintenance of the town's schools, they will also have to determine the amount.
Article 13 is to see if voters will raise and appropriate $130,000 for the Town Highway Equipment Reserve Fund while Article 14 would generate $15,000 for the Bridge Rehabilitation Reserve Fund. Adoption of Article 15, would mean voters agree to raise and appropriate a currently undetermined amount of money to pay the indebtedness of the town, repair highways and pay general operating expenses from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015.
Adoption of Article 3 would authorize and instruct the fire district's prudential committee and treasurer to borrow money, if necessary, to pay current expenses, in the credit of the fire district, in anticipation of tax collection and/or the receipt of any state or federal funds. Article 7 asks voters to do the same for the school district.
If voters adopt Article 4, the fire district will have permission to raise and appropriate money to pay the general indebtedness and other general expenses from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015. Adoption of the article would mean the voters have to determine a monetary figure to raise and appropriate.
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