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Despite reservations, Dublin voters passed all but 1 article

  • Dublin Town Meeting 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill)
  • Dublin Town Meeting 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill)
  • Dublin Town Meeting 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill)
  • Dublin Town Meeting 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill)
  • Dublin Town Meeting 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill)
  • Dublin Town Meeting 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill)
  • Dublin Town Meeting 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill)
  • Dublin Town Meeting 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill)
  • Dublin Town Meeting 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill)
  • Dublin Town Meeting 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill)
  • Dublin Town Meeting 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill)
  • Dublin voters gave Betsey and John Harris, seated at center, a round of applause at Town Meeting on Saturday for their years of volunteer service and work on behalf of the town. The couple is moving to a nearby town.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill)
  • Dublin Town Meeting 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill)
  • Dublin Town Meeting 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill)
  • Dublin Town Meeting 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill)
  • Dublin Town Meeting 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill)
  • Dublin Select Board Chair Charlie Champagne, left, congratulates the town’s 2012 Citizen of the Year Chris Gallagher at Saturday’s Town Meeting.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill)
  • Dublin Town Meeting 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill)
  • Dublin Town Meeting 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill)
  • Dublin Town Meeting 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill)
  • Dublin Town Meeting 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill)
  • Dublin Town Meeting 2013.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill)

DUBLIN — An undercurrent of concern for rising property taxes at Dublin’s Town Meeting on Saturday morning bubbled to the surface by the time voters reached Article 11 on the ballot, calling for $25,000 to pave the parking lot between Town Hall and the library. By that time, the assembly of about 100 had already approved a $1.84 million operating budget and the appropriation of nearly $300,000 for various equipment and improvements in town — some of which will come from reserve funds.

Though there would be more motions to table and amendments offered on other articles, Article 11 was the only one successfully tabled. At meeting’s end, Budget Committee Chair Dale Gabel said voters had approved more than $2.68 million in gross expenditures, including the operating budget and sundry warrant articles.

The $1,841,671.09 operating budget is up $26,545.31 over 2012, but two items previously in the 2012 budget were removed during budget season and placed in warrant articles, including $6,246 for local nonprofits and $125,000 for road reconstruction, both of which voters approved after some discussion and dissension.

Rich Scheinblum, a member of the town’s Budget Committee who said he was acting on his own, offered an amendment to Article 17 that would have reduced funds for road reconstruction in 2013 down to $0; his amendment also called for a reduction of the bridge repair/replacement capital reserve appropriation from $90,000 to $63,000, and for the $250,000 for all of the appropriations requested under his amendment to be paid for with money from the town’s unreserved fund balance.

“What I’m asking is that we study this more,” Scheinblum said, referring to the way in which the town pays for capital improvements and equipment.

But voters chose instead to support the article as presented, which calls for total appropriations of $402,000, with $250,000 to come from the unreserved fund balance.

A number of residents spoke in favor of Article 19, which asked voters to appropriate various sums for nonprofit service organizations totaling $6,246; Gabel said the Budget Committee did not support the article.

Peter Tuttle expressed mixed feelings about Article 19, but ultimately said he favored passing it. “I guess I feel sorrowful for my pocketbook for all those things we have spent money on...,” Tuttle said. “I think the best $6,000 we’re going to spend at this Town Meeting, if we do spend it, would be these $6,000, and I hope we approve it.”

Karen Koskela said she wished the Select Board hadn’t approved raises this year, noting that would have been a way to help people, but she said nothing against Article 19. “I haven’t had a raise in four years,” she said. “I still have to pay my taxes.”

The ayes carried in a voice vote; they also approved $197,444 for a 10-wheel dump truck, with $130,000 coming from a reserve fund and $12,500 from trade in of a 1993 truck; $39,223 to purchase and equip a police cruiser, with money from a capital reserve fund for this purpose; $14,779 for the purchase and installation of a salt barn at the Highway Department; $12,000, which will come from a reserve fund, to replace the Fire Department addition roof; 600 feet of sidewalk along Route 101 for a cost of $32,275; $5,700 for maintenance at the entrance of the post office; $1,914 to replace a column that was vandalized in the town’s cemetery; a change to wording in the designation for the Recycling Center Fund to include capital improvement expenses; $20,000 to clear an area at the Transfer Station for brush storage and burning with money from the Recycling Center Fund; $101,383 for a cistern between the post office and Dublin General Store, with 50 percent from a federal grant and 50 percent in in-house labor; $4,400 for The Dublin Advocate; $9,500 for expendable trust fund contributions; and to accept $1,175 from the Cemetery Trust Funds.

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