Jaffrey budget hearing set for Feb. 10

  • A welcome sign on Route 137 entering Jaffrey has gone missing. April 28, 2016. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Nicholas Handy

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 6:12PM

The town of Jaffrey will hold a budget hearing on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Jaffrey Fire Station starting at 9 a.m. to receive public input on the proposed $6.5 million operating budget.

The proposed budget is a 2.6-percent increase over last year’s budget of $6.4 million. Town Manager Jon Frederick said in his budget recommendation dated Dec. 27 that the town is faced with several capital investment issues in the 2018 budget and recommended an increase of $99,000 for a new police cruiser, a recreation bus, and funds for additional road paving. 

“Jaffrey has begun the process of saving for its future through appropriations to capital reserve funds established to defray the costs of large expenditures in future years,” read Frederick’s report. “We must consider establishing capital reserve funds in areas we currently lack, such as police cruiser replacement and road maintenance.”

There are 35 warrant articles on the most recent copy of the draft warrant. 

A series of articles will seek approval for cost-related items relative to collective bargaining agreements between the select board and the unions representing the police and public works employees. There is an estimated increase of $10,298 in fiscal year 2018 and $12,854 in 2019 for public works employees and estimated increases of $13,413 in 2018 and $17,886 in 2019 for police. 

If passed, an article will use up to $318,812 from the Water Restricted Fund and up to $281,612 from the General Fund Unassigned Fund Balance to retire debt from the Town for the Squantum Road Well Project and the Fire Truck Capital Lease. 

This year’s proposed water department budget is $1 million and the proposed sewer department budget is $1.9 million. 

The following amounts will be added to town accounts if approved: $138,000 into the Highway Equipment Capital Reserve Fund, $50,000 into the Town Office Capital Reserve Fund, $60,000 into the Fire Department Capital Reserve Fund, $40,000 from the Downtown Tax Increment Finance District for the TIF District Capital Reserve Fund, $5,000 for the Land Acquisition Capital Reserve Fund, $1,000 for the Cemetery Trees Trust Fund, $1,000 for the Gravestone Restoration Trust Fund, $3,000 for the  Meetinghouse Trust Fund, $1,000 for the Municipal Building Maintenance Capital Reserve Fund, and $50,000 for the Bridge Rehabilitation Capital Reserve Fund.

The department of public works is looking to purchase a $180,000 dump truck, plow and sander using funds from the Highway Equipment Capital Reserve Fund. 

The fire department is looking to use $28,000 from the Fire Department Equipment Capital Reserve Fund to purchase a new fire department rescue boat. 

An article is asking for $5,000 to provide matching funding for a broadband feasibility study. 

The town warrant will also ask voters if they are in favor of allowing the operation of Keno in town. 

Eleven articles were submitted by petition, all related to various non-profit agencies seeking funds. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.