HANCOCK -- Town voters will be asked at the Annual Town Meeting next week to decide on important budget matters, including the purchase of a new fire truck and the appropriation of $1.1 million for school operating expenses.

Voters will also be asked to decide whether to send their children to New Lebanon Central High School in N.Y.

The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Hancock Elementary School on Route 43.

The town election is set for a week later, from noon to 8 p.m. on May 12, at the school.

The town meeting warrant includes 18 items. Among the capital spending items is authorization to buy a new fire truck for $360,000 to be paid for with $200,000 from the town's stabilization fund and $160,000 from tax revenue or from free cash.

Another $2,500 is sought to buy two computers to replace obsolete technology used in the assessor's office.

Voters will also be asked to authorize $44,183 in salaries for elected and appointed town officials.

One warrant article that has drawn some attention is a proposal to change the tuition ordinance to make the New Lebanon Central High School the town's school of choice. It does allow for residents to continue to send their children to Mount Greylock or McCann through school choice.

There are no contested seats for the election on May 12, although no candidates are running for two seats on the Cemetery Commission.

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