Loudon: Town looks to purchase four new vehicles

Monitor staff
Published: 3/14/2019 2:44:56 PM

Hot topic: Four articles on the Loudon warrant look to purchase town vehicles. They include an equipped ambulance, a 10-wheel dump truck, an equipped police cruiser and a 4x4 pickup to be used for sanding and plowing. The total cost for all four is $566,295 with about 85 percent coming from designated capital reserve funds and the rest, $87,295, being raised through taxes.

The ambulance and equipment is $279,000, all coming from the Ambulance/Rescue Equipment Capital Reserve Fund.

The 10-wheel dump truck is $198,500, with $182,000 from the Highway Capital Reserve Fund and $16,500 from taxes.

The police cruiser and equipment is $36,795, with $18,000 from the Police Cruiser Capital Reserve Fund and $20,795 from taxes.

The 4x4 pickup is $50,000, which would all come from taxes.

Budget: The proposed operating budget is $4.7 million, up $170,911 or 3.7 percent from last year’s budget of $4.5 million.

Noteworthy articles: Article 12 would form a tax relief incentive area in Loudon Village. Property owners who “substantially rehabilitate or replace” a building in that area could apply for tax relief, which, if approved, would not increase taxes on the property for five years.

There is also a petition warrant article that asked for Keno to be allowed in town. Last year, a similar article failed.

When and where: Town meeting will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Loudon Elementary School.

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