Town meeting Monday


A proposed $20.3 million fiscal 2014 budget is among the key items coming before the annual town meeting and a special town meeting convening Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Middle School on Liberty Street. Voters will also consider appropriating $210,411 to fund part of the town’s fiscal 2014 assessment to the Whitman-Hanson Regional School District. The appropriation is contingent on passage of an override at the May 19 annual town election. The money represents the difference between what the district is seeking from Hanson and what the town included in its budget. Voters will consider a citizen’s petition to reduce from 1.5 percent to .5 percent the tax surcharge Hanson charges through its adoption of the Community Preservation Act. Also on tap are proposals to adopt a “Right-to-Farm” bylaw, and new bylaws for managing storm water and regulating activities in the town’s flood plain district. There are funding requests to bring the Factory Pond Dam up to state safety standards, to remove invasive weeds from town sites, to repair the Maquan Elementary School boiler, and to purchase two police cruisers. There is also a request for CPA funds to help fund creation of an outdoor recreation area at Whitman Hanson Regional High School.

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