Francestown sets budget and warrant

  • Francestown town line post with rocks stacked on top. Staff Photo by Abbe Hamilton

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/12/2021 10:31:59 AM

Francestown set the 2021 budget and warrant at a hearing on Feb. 4 with no discussion or changes, Town Administrator Jamie Pike said.

The 2021 proposed operating budget is $1,820,079, which is a 1.23 percent decrease from 2020’s $1,842,858. Town Meeting is scheduled for April 17 in the Highway Department barn. Voting for town officials is scheduled to proceed as normal on March 9.

Article 1 asks voters to choose all necessary town officers.

Article 2 asks voters to adopt the budget.

Article 3 asks voters to spent $547,700 on the following capital reserve funds, with $430,000 of that to come from taxes and $117,000 to come from the unassigned fund balance: $14,500 to future replacement of fire equipment, $100,000 to future replacement of fire trucks, $170,000 to future replacement and purchase of highway equipment, $20,000 to future replacement of police vehicles, $45,000 to future town facilities improvements, $175,000 to future town road improvements, $3,200 to future cemetery improvements, and $20,000 to future revaluation of real estate.

Article 4 asks voters to spend $12,000 on the following expendable trust funds, with all funds coming from the unassigned fund balance. $2,000 to the Master Plan update trust fund, $7,000 to the legal and public assistance trust fund, and $3,200 for the general cemetery maintenance trust fund.

Article 5 asks voters to establish a contingency fund for unanticipated COVID-19 expenses, and spend $17,000 on it from the unassigned fund balance.

Article 6 asks voters to spend $50,000 on a police cruiser using funds from the police vehicle capital reserve fund, and authorize the disposal of the 2013 cruiser in a way that serves the town.

Article 7 asks voters to spend $25,000 on roof, structural, and trim repairs on the town horsesheds, using funds from a $2,000 donation from the Francestown Improvement and Historical Society and $23,000 from the town facilities capital reserve fund.

Article 8 asks voters to spend $340,000 of the town road improvements capital reserve fund to complete a full-width overlay of the 2nd NH Turnpike South from the Lyndeborough town line to the intersection at NH 136, New Boston Road.

Article 9 asks voters to spend $10,000 on a new equipment shed at the baseball field, with $5,000 coming from the recreation trust fund and $5,000 from the town facilities capital reserve fund.

Article 10 asks voters to spend $175,000 to replace fire department radios, with $166,250 in grants  and $8,750 from the fire equipment capital reserve fund. If the grants fall through, the article becomes void.

Article 11 asks voters to spend $36,000 to purchase radios for the fire department, with $15,000 from the Mount Crotchet Firefighter’s Association and $21,000 from the replacement of fire equipment capital reserve fund. If grants allow Article 10 to proceed, this article becomes void.

Article 12 asks voters to spend $6,000 of the unassigned fund balance to replace and outfit the floating swimming platform at Scoby Pond.

Article 13 asks voters to transact any other business legally coming before the town.

The Select Board and Budget Advisory Committee recommend Articles 2 through 12.




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