NEW MARLBOROUGH -- Voters here will be asked to approve a 33-article warrant that includes a general government budget of $4.89 million, an increase of $131,511 -- or 2.8 percent, over this year's budget.
This year's Annual Town Meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the Mill River Town Hall.
The biggest individual line item on the budget is the town's assessment to the Southern Berkshire Regional School District, which is $2,507,496, a jump of $103,471 over this year. The Finance Committee has recommended a "yes" vote on this item.
Other spending hikes include $22,975 to the Berkshire County Retirement System, to $100,953; and a jump of $12,659 to the road budget of the Highway Department to $256,334.
Voters also will be asked to approve several special articles, including borrowing $550,000 for a new fire truck and borrowing $228,000 for a new Highway Department truck. Approval of both actions are contingent on the successful passage of an override of the levy limit imposed by Proposition 2 1/2 at the annual town elections. The Finance Committee has recommended these actions.
Another special article asks voters to transfer from the free cash account $93,000 for the truck, which the finance committee has recommended against.
Other special articles ask to transfer $10,000 for Town Hall renovations; $50,000 for the Stabilization Fund and $100,000 for repairs to the Clayton/Mill River bridge. The town is also seeking to borrow $80,000 for the same work.