East Bridgewater

Special meeting warrant approved

Selectmen Monday unanimously approved the nine articles to be included in the warrant for the Special Town Meeting, which will be held on June 3 at 7 p.m. at the Gordon Mitchell Middle School, just before the start of the Annual Town Meeting. Town Administrator George Samia explained to the board that the nine articles have to do with transfers between accounts for the current fiscal year, and not the budget year that begins July 1. That spending will be set at annual Town Meeting. Two of the articles would allow library trustees to move $10,000 from the late fee fund account into accounts for purchasing new books and computers. Another would transfer $39,000 from one real estate tax overlay account to another to satisfy a judgment made in a class action suit filed by Verizon. The Police Department and the Water Department are also asking permission to transfer funds in their accounts, and the School Committee is seeking two transfers from free cash, one for a $13,000 deficit in the school lunch account from the previous fiscal year and $243,000 to cover a deficit in the schools for this fiscal year that resulted from higher costs than anticipated in several special education spending accounts. The School Committee is also seeking funds for buses for athletic teams.