WESTMORELAND, N.H. -- Voters have been warned to meet at the elementary school gymnasium Wednesday to have their voices heard on 15 articles on this year's town warrant.
Town Meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. the day after voters elect all town officers for the ensuing year.
Article 3 of the town warrant asks voters if they wish to raise and appropriate the $1,083,394 that the budget committee and Westmoreland Board of Selectmen recommends for general town operations. The article requires a majority vote and does not include special or individual articles addressed in other articles of the town warrant.
Adoption of Article 4 would raise and appropriate $95,000 for a one-ton highway truck with an all-season body and plows and would authorize the issuance of no more than $51,500 of bonds and notes (in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Finance Act). It would also authorize the Board of Selectmen to issue and negotiate bonds, determine the interest rates of those bonds and authorize a withdrawal of $43,500 from the Highway Equipment Capital Reserve Fund.
The article, which unlike the other articles requires a two-thirds majority, is recommended by both the Board of Selectmen and the town's budget committee.
Article 5 looks to place $19,904 into the existing Bridge Reconstruction Capital Reserve Fund from an unreserved fund balance. This represents a remainder of FEMA money received from the floods of
A sum of $15,000 will be raised and appropriated for the existing Highway Equipment Capital Reserve Fund if Article 6 is adopted.
Article 7 looks to appropriate $6,800 to repair the transmission in the 2001 International truck used by the highway department while Article 8 would place $5,000 into the existing Fire Equipment Capital Reserve Fund.
The Woodward (East) basketball court needs some repairs and the adoption of Article 9 would authorize with withdrawal of $2,000 from the Recreation Fund created that purpose and appropriate $4,200 for the repairs.
Article 10 is the only other dealing with taxdollars in the four-figures. It looks to place $4,000 into the existing Financial Audit Capital Reserve Fund.
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