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Top three issues for Sharon voters

SHARON

Proposed operating
budget: $338,344

∎ A request for $7,000 to allow residents to use the Peterborough Town Library will be a warrant article this year. In recent years, that amount has been included in the town’s operating budget. According to Town Administrator Chet Bowles, the warrant article is intended to let residents have a discussion on the floor of the meeting about how the town might pay for library services. He said the town may suggest reimbursing residents for a library membership in other nearby towns, rather than requiring them to use the Peterborough library. That change would require an amendment to the article that’s on the warrant.

∎ The operating budget includes a 9.7 percent increase for police services — from $79,303 to $85,776 — and a 6.9 percent hike in fire services — from $42,623 to $46,000. The town contracts with Peterborough for both fire and police coverage and higher retirement costs and fuel hikes are largely accountable for the increase.

∎ The Select Board is recommending a warrant article calling for $15,000 to go into the town’s legal expense fund, in anticipation of costs related to two zoning decisions: Both the Swamp Road and San-Ken gravel excavation proposals were rejected and have now been appealed to the N.H. Supreme Court.

Last year, the town approved a $9,000 addition to the legal fund.

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