Greenville proposed budget up 70k

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Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/17/2020 9:29:17 PM

The Greenville town tax rate is anticipated to go up by about 28 cents, if all warrant articles pass at Town Meeting in March.

The impact comes from the increase in the town budget. The proposed budget is $2,237,550, which is about $70,000 more than last year’s budget. 

A $70,000 increase is estimated to have about a 49 cent impact on the tax rate, but the town is also asking for fewer dollars through warrant articles this year, Town Administrator Tara Sousa said. With the lower amount in warrant articles, the town estimates a total impact of 28 cents. 

The increase is mainly attributed to increases in police department salaries and increases in the costs of membership in the Wilton Recycling Center.

Several warrant articles this year address current and future repairs to the Town Hall, including measures to reopen the second floor, which has been closed for a number of years, for public use.

The town is requesting $5,000 in town funds, and will be seeking grant funding, to solicit plans and engineering for repairs and adding an elevator to the Town Hall.

The town has looked into reopening the second floor in the past, Sousa said, but it has been prohibitively expensive. The town will be seeking funds from state and federal agencies such as the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, or LCHIP, to tackle the project.

“This idea is that with a larger meeting space, we would have room for performances, an indoor space for children’s programs in the winter, a space for Town Meeting,” Sousa said. 

The town is also asking to put away $30,000 in a capital reserve to eventually replace the Town Hall boiler. That would be enough to replace the boiler, based on current prices. While there is not an immediate need for the boiler to be replaced, Sousa said, it is reaching an age where it wouldn’t be out of the question for it to fail.

“Knowing it is already 20 years old, the selectmen thought it was important that if there were a failure that can’t be or doesn’t make sense to be repaired, that we have the money in place to get a new boiler installed in an expedited fashion,” Sousa said.

Another warrant article asks permission to use $23,000 the town received from its insurance company in 2019 to continue to repair the Town Hall meeting room in the basement, which was damaged by flooding in the fall. 

Greenville voters will vote on warrant article issues on March 14 at the Mascenic SAU building, formerly the Greenville Elementary School, at 9 a.m.

Ballot voting for town officials will be held at the SAU building from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 10.


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