ADAMS -- With only a slight increase in the spending and tax rates at hand for the coming year, Adams officials expect smooth going at Thursday's annual town meeting.
The meeting is set for 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the C.T. Plunkett Elementary School.
"We don't anticipate much in the way of fireworks," town Administrator Jonathan Butler said. "We're financially consistent right now, so it's likely to be a politically pretty tame town meeting this year, as far as we're seeing it."
The overall operating budget for the town and the school shows a proposed increase of $147,000, Butler said. He also noted that the debt exclusion for the new high school -- approved overwhelmingly by voters in 2010 -- will add significantly to the overall tax rate. That debt service decreases slowly over the years, and will be at its highest for fiscal year 2015.
Butler cautioned that the budget numbers reflect anticipated state revenues, which could change when the state releases its final numbers.
As of now, the tax bill on a home with the median town value of $147,000 would increase by about $0.25 per $1,000 of assessed value. The school debt exclusion would add another $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value to that property tax bill.
The town's total proposed operational budget is only 0.35 percent higher than the current budget, with a total increase of 1.52 percent, including school district expenditures.
Proposed capital expenditures include $37,000 for a new police cruiser, $10,000 for a new infield at Renfrew Park and $50,000 for the replacement of a failing grinder pump at the wastewater treatment plant.
There is also a request of $20,100 for the replacement of the outdated phone systems at both Town Hall and the library -- an issue that has been a matter of discussion for a number of years.
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