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Newbury: Town mulls hire for library expansion


Monitor staff
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Hot topic: As part of continuing the library’s strategic plan, voters will be asked to approve $50,000 to hire an architect to consider expanding the library building.

Budget: The proposed operating budget is $3.9 million, up 3.21 percent or $125,441 from last year.

If all warrants are approved, the tax rate will go up 7 cents per $1,000 assessed property value, which is about $14 on a $200,000 home, since most budget increases will be offset by revenue increases, said Town Administrator Dennis Pavlicek.

Increases to the budget come from software purchased to allow the town to accept credit cards, increased staffing at the town offices, rising ambulance, additional library staffing and increasing fuel costs, Pavlicek said.

Noteworthy articles: The police department would like to sell and replace a 2011 Ford Taurus with a 2017 Ford Explorer. It hopes to get at least $4,000 for the old vehicle, but Pavlicek said the last trade-in brought in between $7,000 and $8,000.

Two planning amendments on the ballot will bring town ordinances in line with changes to state laws.

Contested races: None.

When and where: The town meeting will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Mount Sunapee Spruce Lodge; come early for a ham and bean dinner. Ballot voting will be Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the town office building.