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Andover: Town may upgrade energy systems



Monitor staff
Monday, March 13, 2017

Hot topic: Four warrant articles this year – articles 10, 11, 12, and 13 – all deal with energy upgrades to town infrastructure. Article 10 will pay for a new HVAC system at the town office and library building. Articles 11, 12, and 13 have to do with installing solar panels at the town offices. Article 11 allows the town to enter into a 20-year license agreement with the Portland, Maine company Revision Energy for the panels. Article 12 will help fund the system with $2,000 from a reserve fund. Article 13 establishes a new reserve fund and puts $2,954 into it out of the year-end surplus. Officials plan to ask voters put that same amount into the fund each year for six years. At that point, they’ll have raised enough to buy the system outright.

Because the projects will be paid for out of the year end surplus and reserve funds, they’re tax-neutral, according to town officials.

Budget: The proposed operating budget is $1,636,918, up $24,014 from this year’s budget.

If approved, the tax rate will go up an estimated 10 cents per $1,000 in assessed property value, which is about $20 on a $200,000 home.

Noteworthy articles: A petitioned warrant article asks for $150,000 for a town backhoe and loader. 

Contested races: None.

When and where: Ballot voting will take place Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Andover Elementary and Middle School. Town meeting was postponed to March 20 at 7 p.m. at the Andover Middle School gym due to a snowstorm.