Newbury asks voters for $3.86 million for firehouse

  • A parcel of state owned land, the former location of the Wild Goose Lodges and Motel, is seen on the shore of Lake Sunapee in Newbury. AP

Published: 3/11/2019 6:35:05 PM
Newbury Firehouse gets another go

Hot topic: The big-ticket item on the warrant is a $3.86 million request to build a fire department building.

It’s not the first time the proposal has come before voters; last year it received about 60 percent approval, just shy of the two-thirds majority it needed to pass. Newbury Town Administrator Dennis Pavlicek guessed it was about 16 votes shy.

The article calls for a bond to be taken out to finance the project over a 20-year period. There would be no payment in 2019, Pavlicek said, but in subsequent years bond payments would add about 37 cents per $1,000 assessed property value, which would add $93 to a tax bill of a home valued at $250,000.

Budget: The proposed operating budget is $4.1 million, up $178,963, from last year’s $3.97 million budget. However, due to new revenue and property reevaluations, the tax rate will be going down 2 cents per $1,000 assessed property value, a savings of about $5 on a home valued at $250,000.

Noteworthy articles: A petition warrant article asked that no expansion of the Newbury Town Dock is undertaken unless there is a public hearing and vote before. There are also articles to purchase a police vehicle for $38,680 and a fire rescue truck for $210,000, of which $200,000 will come from a capital reserve fund and an estimated $10,000 from the sale of the existing vehicle.

Contested races: Joanne Lord and Joy Nowell are running for the single seat on the select board. There are several other open positions on the ballot, but none are contested.

When and where: Ballot voting will be Tuesday at the town office building from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The town meeting will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Mount Sunapee Spruce Lodge.

Sarah Pearson




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