CHESTERFIELD, N.H. -- The recommended budget from the Board of Selectmen is higher than that of the budget committee due an extra $20,000 the Selectmen feel should go toward solid waste management.
According to the 2013 Chesterfield Town Warrant, residents will be asked next week to raise and appropriate $2,850,633, as recommended by the budget committee, for the operating expenses of the town. The Board of Selectmen, however, recommends a $2,870,633 budget. Its figure for solid waste is $236,845, while the budget committee's is $216,845,
Voters have been notified to meet at the Chesterfield School at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to act upon 19 articles, including the one regarding the budget.
Highway/road maintenance, personnel administration and the police department take up a large chunk of the more than $2.8 million budget up for adoption at Tuesday's Town Meeting. The Selectmen and the budget committee want to appropriate $774,098 for highway/road maintenance, $404,300 for personnel administration and $392,237 for policing.
Both entities also recommend appropriating $188,750 for its debt service, $138,740 for executive management and $130,583 for the library.
Article 4 is to see if voters will approve of appropriating $125,000 in two capital reserve funds ($100,000 for highway heavy equipment and $25,000 construction/reconstruction of roadways). Those figures are recommended by the Selectmen. The budget committee, on the other
Articles 12 through 18 are special articles per RSA 32:10 (d), which means the money approved can be spent only on the services or item listed in the article. Article 12 seeks $245,824 to resurface town roads.
Adoption of Article 13 would raise and appropriate a Selectmen-recommended $160,000 to purchase a new 35000 GVW Truck with a body and plow for the highway department and withdraw the Highway Heavy Equipment Capital Reserve Fund for that purpose. The $160,000 would be offset by the amount received from the trade-in or sale of the existing 1998 International truck. The budget committee recommends $147,000 for this purpose.
Article 14 asks voters' permission to raise and appropriate $33,500 to buy a police cruiser and to cover switchboard costs. Adoption of the article would also authorize the withdrawal of that money from the Police Cruiser Capital Reserve Fund.
Article 18 asks voters if they will approve of $24,320 for a variety of social services, including $8,675 for Home Health, Meals on Wheels and Age in Motion and $7,000 for Community Kitchen.
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