Town Meeting 2017: Sharon budget down this year

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 5:11AM
Ballot voting will be at 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Town House on March 14. Town Meeting will take place at 8 p.m. at the Town House on March 14.

The town’s budget is down this year, dropping from $368,163 to $346,444.

The decrease is mainly attributed to the finishing of the mortgage payment and interest on the Meeting House last year. There are also slight decreases in Sharon’s payments for services from Peterborough police and ambulance and recycling, which help to offset the $8,000 jump in their payment for fire services.

The Select Board also decided to address the entirety of the town’s payment to the Peterborough library for use of their services, rather than addressing the bulk of that payment in a separate warrant article, as has been done in the past. 

The board also agreed to put on two articles that would make the tax collector and town clerk three-year elected terms, rather than a single year, which is the way it currently stands. 

The town will be requesting several additions to the town’s capital reserve funds. A $1,500 request for the brick school house maintenance fund, which will complete the $6,500 goal for the eventual replacement of the roof. The town is requesting $2,000 for the welfare fund.

The town is also saving for eventual road and bridge work. There will be requests for $20,000 for the town highway repair funds, which will double what’s in that account.

The board will be asking for permission to close the Swamp Road bridge.