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Wilmot passes $1.18 million budget without dissent

  • John DeRoy waits for his wife, Maureen DeRoy, at the back of the room following the Wilmot town meeting on Thursday, March 14, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

    John DeRoy waits for his wife, Maureen DeRoy, at the back of the room following the Wilmot town meeting on Thursday, March 14, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

  • Maureen DeRoy is handed the microphone from Wilmot Fire Chief Tom Scully, during the Wilmot town meeting on Thursday, March 14, 2013. DeRoy volunteered to walk the microphone around the room to people who had something to say during the meeting. "She knows everyone," her husband John DeRoy said.<br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

    Maureen DeRoy is handed the microphone from Wilmot Fire Chief Tom Scully, during the Wilmot town meeting on Thursday, March 14, 2013. DeRoy volunteered to walk the microphone around the room to people who had something to say during the meeting. "She knows everyone," her husband John DeRoy said.
    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

  • John DeRoy waits for his wife, Maureen DeRoy, at the back of the room following the Wilmot town meeting on Thursday, March 14, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)
  • Maureen DeRoy is handed the microphone from Wilmot Fire Chief Tom Scully, during the Wilmot town meeting on Thursday, March 14, 2013. DeRoy volunteered to walk the microphone around the room to people who had something to say during the meeting. "She knows everyone," her husband John DeRoy said.<br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

Wilmot voters had no complaints and few questions at town meeting last night.

With unanimous votes, they passed a $1.18 million budget, spent $62,000 on the volunteer fire department and tucked $66,000 away for future expenses. And they did it in less than an hour.

The budget is about $16,000 lower than this year’s, thanks to municipal insurance savings and an effort to keep expenses down, said David Long, chairman of the board of selectmen.

Selectmen did not know last night how much the budget and warrant articles will add to the town’s portion of the tax rate, which is currently $5.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

The police department will get a new cruiser, but it’s already paid for. Voters approved spending $35,000 from a reserve account to cover the cost.

Selectwoman Mary Kay Huntoon thanked police Chief David White for putting off the purchase a year so the town could cover the entire expense from the savings account.

Voters approved $10,000 for the Wilmot Learning Place, $3,955 for the Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurse Association, $3,432 for the Community Action Program and $2,100 for Kearsarge Area Council on Aging.

Those, too, passed unanimously.

The town will continue to get its ambulance services from New London Hospital. Wilmot and neighboring towns investigated contracting with another service or partnering to create their own service but decided to stay with New London Hospital.

“After sifting through all the numbers, we came back with New London Hospital providing the best balance of service for the best price,” said Selectman Nicholas Brodich.

With that explanation, voters unanimously approved $15,838 to continue the ambulance service.

Most of the articles put money away for future expenses.

Voters put aside $25,000 for a fire truck, $15,000 for highway vehicles, $5,000 for bridge repairs, $10,000 for paving and $500 for recreation expenses.

Voters also tucked away $500 for a forestry truck down the road. When a voter said it would take 20 years to have enough for a truck, fire Chief Tom Scully joked that voters could put more aside if they wished.

With the money articles done, welfare Director Alice Chandler made a pitch for donations to the town’s food pantry. “When you go to buy a can of soup, buy a second one and bring it in,” she said.

Scully, who’s been fire chief for about a year, told voters he could use more volunteer firefighters.

Moderator Charles Thompson began the meeting by asking the nine veterans in the room to join him in the front of the town hall. Once they had assembled, voters joined them in saying the Pledge of Allegiance and thanked them for their service.

(Annmarie Timmins can be reached at 369-3323,
atimmins@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @annmarietimmins.)

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