Fire department grants to reduce tax burden on Greenfield taxpayers

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Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 3/11/2019 2:17:47 PM

Two fire department grants will help to offset the amount to be raised by taxes in Greenfield in 2019.

Town Administrator Aaron Patt said in February that the total tax impact in town, should all the warrant articles be passed in March, will be $37,973 or 1.6 percent higher than last year.

“The Selectboard will weigh the use of fund balance to offset taxes during the tax rate setting process in October,” Patt said, in an email. “With an essentially flat budget, we will look to minimize the impact on taxation depending on how the revenues go.”

All articles on the ballot this year represent a cost of $2,468,400, a 4.98 percent increase over last year’s ask, but the town is requesting the approval of a $71,429 FEMA Assistance grant and a $7,500 NH Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hazard Mitigation Update grant as a part of the warrant article that funds the fire department. 

The FEMA grant will be used to help pay for an exhaust system at the fire department, while the other grant will be used to update the town’s hazard mitigation plan.

The grants are included in the warrant article asking to raise $213,629 to support the fire department. 

Two articles on the ballot aim to create new capital reserve funds. 

Article six asks the town to create a meeting house improvements capital reserve fund and to raise $25,000 to be placed in it, while article ten asks to create a master plan capital reserve fund and to place $6,000 in it. 

One warrant article will add funds to the following capital reserve funds: $5,000 for assessments, $40,000 for fire/rescue apparatus, $40,000 for highway equipment, $10,000 for library buildings and grounds maintenance, $7,500 for non-apparatus fire department, $10,000 for police vehicles, $1,000 for recycling center facilities and equipment, and $5,000 for town buildings maintenance. 

The following articles are also on the warrant: 

■to raise $2,400 that will be offset by the used oil collection grant assistance program to purchase materials or obtain services to establish, improve, or operate a used oil collection center

■to raise $116,707 to fund the recycling center

■to raise $258,120 to support the police department

■to raise $964,427 to support operations and maintenance of the town

■to raise $125,000 for road paving or reconstruction

■to raise $465,876 to support the department of public works

■to raise $116,896 to support the Stephenson Memorial Library

■to raise $5,200 for an awning outside the children’s section windows of the library to reduce solar gain

■to raise $44,145 to support the town clerk’s office

■to raise $500 for the forest fire fighters expendable trust fund.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. 


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