WHITINGHAM -- On March 4 at 10 a.m., Whitingham residents will be asked to consider raising $1,320,151 for maintaining and repairing town highways. Of that amount, $1,005,351 would be raised by taxes while $114,800 would be offset by anticipated revenue and the balance of $200,000 appropriated from anticipated fiscal year 2014 FEMA reimbursement money.
Paving the town highways was brought up at last year's Town Meeting, when an article asked if voters would like to borrow approximately $1 million for the project. That was defeated while another article was amended in order to get town roads paved.
This year's warning also includes an article pertaining to economic development. It asks if voters would like to raise $2,100 to support those efforts in Whitingham. Neighboring towns, such as Wilmington and Halifax, have been expanding individual economic development projects.
Whitingham voters will be asked to raise $692,788 for the general use of the town. Out of that sum, $386,819 would be raised in taxes while $175,370 is anticipated in revenues and $130,599 had been appropriated from the balance from the last fiscal year.
Article 10 proposes voters raise $10,000 for the municipal facilities fund and Article 8 asks voters if they'd like to raise $75,000 for the highway equipment fund.
Article 2 proposes that residents allow the Selectboard "to utilize the $120,000 user fee allocated for use of the school property." The price includes $60,000 for school security, $10,000 for the Wings program and $50,000 for maintaining fields as well as the use of the property and facilities.
Voters will be asked to raise $70,335 for the Whitingham Fire Department and $20,000 for the fire department equipment fund.
Article 9 addresses the operation of the Whitingham Free Public Library, which asks voters to raise $73,531. The funding for the library will come from $61,766 in raising taxes and $11,765 in anticipated donations.
Another article asks to raise $16,400 for the operations of town cemeteries.
Article 4 asks if $7,509 should be raised for the upkeep and improvement of the Town Hill Common.
Allowing the Deerfield Valley Sportmen's Club property to keep its tax exempt status for a 10-year period will be brought up in Article 27.
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