Tuesday, May 06
Correction

Voters at the Hancock annual town meeting on May 5 approved a measure establishing a stabilization fund to purchase legally defined agricultural or forest land. Voters cast 31 for the measure 0 against. Fourteen voters did not cast ballots. A stabilization fund to raise and appropriate $30,000 to purchase a fire engine passed 34 votes to 0 votes, while 11 voters failed to cast ballots. The vote totals were inaccurate in the May 6 Eagle.

Berkshire Eagle Staff

HANCOCK — Voters at last night's annual town meeting approved all 21 articles under consideration, including a measure that establishes a stabilization fund to give officials the financial means to obtain parcels of legally defined forest or agricultural land if they are put up for sale.

That article, which also included a $5,000 appropriation to the stabilization fund, required approval by a two-thirds majority vote. Voters cast 31 votes in favor of the measure and 4 against, while 14 voters declined to cast ballots, Town Clerk Linda Burdick said.

Forty five of Hancock's 517 registered voters, or 9 percent, attended the annual town meeting at Hancock Central School, according to Burdick.

Voters also approved the establishment of a second stabilization fund to raise and appropriate $30,000 to purchase a fire engine. This article, which also required approval by a two-thirds majority, passed 34 votes to 4 votes, Burdick said. Eleven voters did not cast ballots.

The warrant's 19 other articles all passed unanimously.


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They included the biggest expenditure on the warrant, a $1.1 million appropriation for fiscal 2009 school operating expenses which includes a $590,560 expenditure for both vocational tuition and students attending four out-of-town schools. That $1.1 million sum also included $481,089 for the operation and maintenance of Hancock Central School, and $64,305 for student transportation expenses.

In separate school-related articles, voters approved appropriations of $45,000 to reconstruct drainage and blacktop the parking lot at Hancock Central School, and $1,608 to pay for an outstanding fiscal 2006 water bill at the same school.

Voters also approved a $150,000 appropriation from the free cash account to reduce the tax rate.

Voters also approved:

  • A total of $99,900 for highways.
  • A total of $84229 for accounts.
  • A total of $51,470 for public safety.

  • A total of $40,794 as compensation for town officials.

  • A total of $5,600 for cemeteries.