New Ipswich deliberative session postponed due to weather

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Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/6/2017 7:37:57 PM

The contentious budget process for the town of New Ipswich has come to the annual deliberative session, where officials and residents can debate and amend articles before voting next month.

There are 23 articles on the town warrant, including the proposed town budget. New Ipswich’s Budget Committee put forth the official proposal, which is $2,412,899. It was not unanimously passed by the committee, which endorsed by a vote of 3-1. The selectmen unanimously oppose it.

The budget is $19,101 less than the Board of Selectmen’s recommendation, and $60,101 less than the operating budget for 2016.

Should that budget fail at the polls, the default budget of $2,440,869 would take effect.

Also up for discussion will be warrant articles, both those that raise funds and those that do not.

The most expensive articles include funding for road improvements, a new police department facility — currently on the warrant as $170,000 for the first year of a 20-year bond — and for a new fire engine pumper: $120,000 to be raised through taxation.

The most controversial non-appropriation item is a petition article that would provide an optional property tax exemption for non-commercial solar energy systems.

Due to weather, the deliberative session is Wednesday, at 7 p.m., at Mascenic Regional High School.


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