Temple operating budget and warrant requests up by $90,000

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Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/11/2019 5:59:11 PM

Temple’s budget is going up this year. 

Attendance was scant during Thursday’s budget hearing at the Town Hall, according to Selectwoman Gail Cromwell, who sits on the both the Select Board and the town’s advisory budget committee. 

The operating budget, plus warrant article requests, assuming they are all approved by voters, will be about $90,000 more than last year’s requests, or an increase of about 6.7 percent, Cromwell said. 

“There were several increases, and it just added up this year,” she said. 

Temple is one of several New Hampshire towns which will be paying to resolve a lawsuit with FairPoint Communications over over-taxed communications poles and rights-of-way. Temple’s payment to FairPoint for back abatements is about $22,000.

The town also is expecting a higher budget for its highway department, which has requested a $40,000 increase for roadwork. 

“Hadley Highway will be the main one,” Cromwell said, about roads expected to be re-done this year.

Temple’s portion of the Wilton Ambulance, which the town receives emergency services from, has increased by $14,000.

Some of the budget increases are offset by decreases in other areas, including decreasesin the town’s health insurance an police department budgets.

Warrant articles requested this year include a lease-purchase of a new backhoe for the highway department. The first lease payment on the vehicle would be $38,000.

The fire department is requesting funds for three sets of turn-out gear for the fire deparment. Each set of gear costs $2,750, for a total of $8,250.

The town is asking for a total of $29,000 for capital reserves or expendable trusts – $10,000 for the highway department reserve, $15,000 for the highway department repair fund, and $4,000 for the fire department equipment repair fund.

The town is also requesting $2,500 to put underground wiring on the town common.

“This is an exciting project,” Cromwell said. “It will facilitate all kinds of events.”

The wiring will provide electricity for town events, such as concerts from the town band, the annual harvest festival, and provide electricity for the Christmas lights that decorate the common in the winter.

In a petition warrant article, voters will again be re-visiting the issue of whether to continue to have an annual traditional Town Meeting, or to decide all issues during ballot voting, in a system often known as “SB2,” after the bill which established the process.

This will be the 13th year in a row the question will be on Temple’s ballot. While it has gained majority support on more than one occassion, the vote must be a 2/3 majority to pass. 

A public hearing on the SB2 warrant article will be held on Feb. 26 at the Temple Town Hall Annex. 

Voters will vote on SB2, zoning amendments, the school warrant and municipal elections during ballot voting on March 12 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Temple Town Hall. 

The remainder of the warrant will be voted on during Town Meeting at the Temple Elementary School at Saturday, March 16 at 10 a.m.


Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT. 


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