Voters to consider tax hike

Pembroke voters will consider raising taxes this spring by up to $1.2 million to supplement the budgets of the fire, police, and public works departments.

Town Administrator Edwin Thorne said the three departments have requested spending above the amounts contained in his fiscal 2019 budget proposal to help meet their operational needs.

The Board of Selectmen has agreed to place up to three Proposition 2 ½ tax-limit override questions before voters at the May 12 annual town election to fund those requests.


The ballot vote will be preceded by the May 8 annual Town Meeting, at which voters will consider appropriating the money.

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Still to be determined is whether there will be a single override question combining the three spending requests; two questions, one comprising the police and fire request and the other the public works request; or three separate questions, one for each department.

The Police Department is seeking $250,000 to pay for hiring two new officers, while the Fire Department is seeking $250,000 to $600,000 to hire two to six new firefighters, both to keep pace with the town’s growth, Thorne said.

The Public Works Department is asking for $300,000 for road paving as a supplement to funds the town receives from the state for road improvement.

Pembroke has passed only one override -- a permanent tax increase to pay for operating costs -- when it approved $1.3 million for the schools in 2015.


The town has passed several debt exclusions -- temporary tax increases to fund projects.

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