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Loudon, Salisbury drafting budgets until last moment



Monitor staff
Thursday, January 12, 2017

It’s down to the wire in Loudon as town officials prepare for their first budget public hearing Tuesday.

In their scramble to finalize the numbers, officials declined to share with the Monitor a copy of the draft budget proposal for the 2017-2018 year.

Outside a meeting last week, select board chairman Bob Krieger said this year’s proposal would likely be an increase over last year’s $4.31 million operating budget.

“Right now we’re looking at 2 percent,” he said.

Krieger did not return several calls this week for further information.

The full 2017-2018 draft budget proposal will be presented on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 6:30 p.m in the community building. A second public hearing will be held on Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. in the same location.

Salisbury

Salisbury is in a similar position to Loudon, though the town has a little more time with a month to go before its first public hearing.

Town Administrator Margaret Warren also declined to share Salisbury’s draft budget proposal, adding that it should be ready in another two weeks.

Even when the polished numbers are in place, Warren said she didn’t expect much difference between the 2017-2018 proposal and the $1.07 million operating budget approved by voters last year.

“We don’t expect anything to increase,” Warren said. No big projects are on the docket, and everything else appears to be “status quo.”

“(There’s) nothing too interesting,” she added. “Everything’s pretty normal.”

Salisbury residents will have their say at the budget public hearing next month. It’s scheduled for Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in Academy Hall.

(Elodie Reed can be reached at 369-3306, ereed@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @elodie_reed.)