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Warner gives solar array project another shot


Monday, March 13, 2017

Hot topic: For the second year in a row, Warner voters will get the opportunity to vote on a proposed solar array, which already has generated a lot of debate in town. A warrant article on this year’s budget would raise $338,530 for an array at the town’s transfer station.

The select board plans to fund the project from a mix of sources, including a $263,595 loan from the N.H. Community Development Authority (2 percent interest over 12 years), which was approved by the finance authority; a $64,935 rebate from the state Public Utilities Commission, renewed and approved by the PUC and Eversource; and the remaining $10,000 to be raised from taxation for the first year of the loan. 

Voters shot the project down at last year’s town meeting because they were concerned about the cost of the project if the PUC rebate didn’t materialize.

Budget: The proposed operating budget is $3.08 million, up from $3.03 million from last year.

If approved, the tax rate will go up 95 cents, which is about $190 on a $200,000 home.

Noteworthy articles: Besides the solar array, the big ticket items at town meeting this year are two large deposits into the town’s capital reserve funds for a new fire station, fire and rescue vehicles and highway construction and equipment. Voters will have to decide whether or not to raise and appropriate $182,000 to put into the New Fire Station Capital Reserve Fund, $90,000 into the Fire and Rescue Capital Reserve Fund and $100,000 each into the Highway Road Construction and Highway Equipment Capital Reserve Funds.

Contested races: Kimberley Edelmann and Paul Hagenow are running for a three-year seat on the select board. Martha Bodnarik, John Leavitt and David Minton are running for two three-year seats on the budget committee.

When and where: The town meeting will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Warner Town Hall. Ballot voting will be Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Warner Town Hall.

Ella Nilsen