Lyndeborough proposed operating budget up 2.9-percent

  • Lyndeborough Budget Committee chair Burton Reynolds, left, discusses the proposed operating budget while committee member Geoffrey Allen looks at his budget documents during Tuesday’s budget hearing.  Staff photo by NICHOLAS HANDY

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, February 08, 2018 7:52AM

The town of Lyndeborough’s proposed operating budget is $2,042,032, up 2.9-percent from last year’s approved total. 

The budget committee presented the proposed budget and warrant articles to a room of less than 10 people on Tuesday. Primary areas of increase include a two-percent raise to employees performing to or above expectation, health and other insurance costs, police overtime wages, and a $19,500 increase in sand. 

“This winter hasn’t been kind to us in our need to use sand,” said committee chair Burton Reynolds, who said the town will be purchasing some sand in an effort not to deplete the town-owned sand pit. 

If all warrant articles pass, the total burden to taxpayers will be 5.7-percent higher than last year.

Two warrant articles – raising $22,000 to pave the Citizens Hall parking lot and raising $8,000 to pave the J.A. Tarbell Library parking lot – were recommended by a vote of 5-2. 

“All of these 18-cent increases add up,” said committee member Geoffrey Allen, of the projected tax rate increase of the two articles. Allen was one of two committee members not to recommend the articles. 

“There’s got to be a way we can shave [the budget], but I can’t find it,” added Allen. 

The rest of the money-related articles – the budget, adding $19,000 to the 1994 fire department pumper capital reserve fund, adding $40,000 for the 1984 fire department tanker capital reserve account, buying a $41,000 police cruiser using $21,000 raised through taxation and $20,000 raised last year, buying a $220,000 highway department dump truck with $171,000 from a capital reserve account and the rest from taxation, adding $14,000 to the  ambulance and medical equipment capital reserve fund – were unanimously approved. 

There is also an article to create a street light study committee. The committee would look at replacing existing fixtures with LED lights and recommending potential alterations to the number and location of lights throughout town, all with consideration to cost, environment, aesthetic, and other factors.