Boscawen to vote on 4.3 percent increase to operating budget
After several years of little or no increase to the operating budget, voters in Boscawen are being asked to approve a 4.3 percent increase. On the warrant this year is a $3,219,575 operating budget, a $132,641 increase. If $470,520 in special warrant articles are approved, total spending would be up 7.3 percent, since $160,000 for the removal of the Canterbury-Boscawen bridge would be reimbursed.
∎ In addition to the bridge vote, Boscawen voters will be asked to approve $25,000 for technical studies of and renovations to the 1913 town library. The $25,000 will only be spent if a matching grant is available, according to the town warrant. “In truth this budget represents a significant increase, but it follows a number of past budgets that had little or no increases,” Budget Committee Chairman Bill Murphy wrote in his budget report. The warrant also includes $192,000 in capital reserve funds for five projects, including $60,000 for a fire truck, $40,000 each for heavy equipment for the highway department and a municipal building fund, and $32,000 for a police vehicle.
∎ Contested elections: None.
∎ Voting: Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Boscawen Town Hall, 12 High St.
∎ Town Meeting: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., at Boscawen Elementary School, 1 B.E.S.T Drive.