WINDSOR -- Town meeting voters will act on a $1.9 million fiscal 2015 budget plan during the annual town meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Town Hall.

Among warrant items are a $54,471 request for public safety expenses, down from $62,431 this year; a $38,488 request for public utilities, down from $48,825; $124,743 for miscellaneous expenses and fixed costs, up from $112,272; $148,736 for general government expenses, up from $121,526; and $304,454 for public works expenses, down from $307,719.

The education budget is proposed at $1,236,213, up from $1,222,117.

The total budget appropriation for next year is proposed at $1,825,304, and $109,871 will be used from free cash.

For the current fiscal year, $1,815,136 was appropriated and $47,937 drawn from the free cash account.

Voters also will be asked to weigh in on a nonbinding referendum related to a proposed new Tennessee Gas Pipeline gas line that could pass through the area. The line, the exact route of which has yet to be determined, would run from New York state into Richmond and then branch off from an existing line route to cross the northern sections of Massachusetts on a path to Dracut.

The referendum, which is similar to warrant initiatives that will go before voters in a number of towns along the proposed route, was added by citizen petition.


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It urges the Select Board to oppose the company’s pipeline and oppose any gas line that carriers gas extracted through the controversial fracking process, which opponents contend is harmful to the environment.

A regional opposition group, nofrackedgasinmass.org, has urged residents of towns along the proposed route to place referendums on their annual warrants.

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