Letter: Get involved, Epsom voters
Thanks to the Epsom selectmen and school board for putting the tax impact question on the ballots. The warrant articles are No. 3 on the school ballot and No. 14 on the town ballot. This action came about because of House Bill 1170 allowing municipalities to vote to put this after each warrant article. It was introduced by Reps. Carol and Dan McGuire and Sen. Jack Barnes and signed by Gov. John Lynch in 2012.
In addition to these articles, there is the school budget, which, if passed, will result in a 2.83 percent estimated tax increase; the default increase is 2.8 percent. The town budget, if passed, will result in a 0.42 percent increase; the default will be a 0.23 increase. The teachers’ contract, if passed, will result in a 0.2 increase, and a warrant to put $150,000 in a road capital reserve fund will result in a 0.37 increase if passed.
These are only 6 of 18 town and school initiatives on which Epsom taxpayers will have say; thus, we need to be involved in the process. Warrant Articles 3 and 14 are just a part in that information. Please pick up sample ballots at the town offices, check the town website, be a part of the “Meet the Candidates” forum on March 3 at 2 p.m. and by all means please come to vote on March 12 at the Epsom Central School gym between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
There will be tax impact sheets available outside at the front doors.