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Town Meetings 2014

Dunbarton selectmen approves final $103,000 reduction to 2014 budget

Friday, March 28, 2014

Thursday night, the Dunbarton Board of Selectmen signed off on a final operating budget that reflects a $100,000 reduction residents approved at town meeting. The board was at odds over the proposed $2.17 million budget – up roughly $103,000 from the 2013 budget – it presented to residents at the meeting March 11. Voters approved an amended sum, slimmed down to $2.07 million. Selectmen Chairman Ted Vallieres said the reduced …

Bow voters reject proposal to overhaul fire station

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The future of Bow’s fire station is still hazy. At the second part of town meeting last night, residents rejected all remaining proposals to repair the outdated building and with no options left, tried unsuccessfully to pass an amendment that would appropriate money for a new design study. “If we can’t amend this, we walk out of here with no path,” said resident …

Bow residents to decide fate of fire station at second part of town meeting

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Bow fire station will again take center stage at part two of the town meeting tomorrow night. This time, residents will consider plans to repair the station where it stands, a week after they overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to construct a brand-new building to house both the fire and police stations. The state fire marshal has mandated the town’s fire station be …

Hopkinton residents to vote on teachers’ contract, full-day kindergarten

Friday, March 7, 2014

A new four-year teachers’ contract, expanded full-day kindergarten and an architectural study for a possible school consolidation are all items up for a vote at Hopkinton’s school district meeting tomorrow. The four-year contract would add $448,692 to the upcoming budget. It eliminates the maximum cap on contributions that …

Merrimack Valley School District voters approve full-day kindergarten

Friday, March 7, 2014

Full-day kindergarten in the Merrimack Valley School District will begin this fall. Voters approved the full-day plan and its $194,310 first-year price tag at last night’s meeting, and rejected an amendment proposed by a Loudon resident to cut …

Budget increase to pay for Dunbarton tuition, special education costs

Friday, March 7, 2014

More middle school students in Dunbarton could mean an increase in the school district’s budget – and in the local property tax rate – this year. At the school district’s annual meeting tomorrow, voters will be asked to approve a $250,000 budget increase. Duane Forde, business administrator for …

Henniker residents to consider big-ticket warrant articles

Friday, March 7, 2014

With just a slight increase to the operating budget, Henniker voters will be making their biggest decisions at Town Meeting on big-ticket warrant articles. Voters will weigh in on a request of $5,390,950 for the Western Avenue Bridge Program. The amount to be raised through taxation would not …

Pembroke school officials in agreement - this year - as contract goes to voters

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Things are different this year in Pembroke. The teachers’ contract going before voters Saturday is endorsed by the school board and the budget committee, which last year opposed a two-year agreement. The new contract is for three years, not two, spreading the increased spending out over a longer …

Canterbury voters to consider budget increase

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Funding for bridge work isn’t limited to the Boscawen-Canterbury Bridge in the warrant. Voters are being asked to approve $180,000 for the replacement of three bridges, one each on Clough Pond Road, Randall Road and Clough Tavern Road. To fund the work, the town will seek the issuance …

Boscawen to vote on 4.3 percent increase to operating budget

Thursday, March 6, 2014

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 …

Dunbarton selectmen disagree on spending ahead of town meeting

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Dunbarton Board of Selectmen is deadlocked over the budget that will go before voters at Town Meeting next week. The three-person board had to call an emergency meeting Feb. 21 because they could not reach a majority vote to recommend a proposed $2,174,004 budget. The night before, …

Health care, retirement drive up budget in Warner

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Warner Town Administrator Jim Bingham said a 2.3 percent increase in the town’s budget draws primarily from new health care and retirement costs for town employees, some of which kicked in last summer. The budget presented to voters calls for $2.97 million, up $66,469. The town’s portion of …

Savings cut into Pittsfield school budget

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The proposed budget for the Pittsfield School District is $9,414,573, which is lower than last year’s budget by $175,644, or about 2 percent. This would decrease the tax rate by about 47 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. Superintendent John Freeman said the decreases came from savings …

Several N.H school districts to decide on full-day kindergarten

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Perched in a white rocking chair, Hopkinton kindergarten teacher Sara Duval holds open the Dr. Seuss classic Green Eggs and Ham. Her eyes widen. “Would you like them in a . . . ” she asks with a …

Petitioned ordinance in Belmont intended to save historic structures

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

In Belmont, a mill built in 1833 has been born again as a doctor’s office, with space for the town senior center and for child care. The town has hired a carpenter to restore the nearby bandstand, built in 1908, a longtime music venue for Belmont residents. And …