TYRINGHAM -- Town Meeting has backed the purchase of a new highway truck, but put on hold buying a used fire truck.
The two capital expenses totaling $165,000 on Tuesday's annual town meeting warrant were the majority of the $202,000 increase in the town's budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.
The budget hike was reduced to $116,000 when voters took no action on the $80,000 fire vehicle and tabled a $6,000 expenditure for the town's transfer station.
The remaining 22 articles passed, resulting in an overall spending plan for fiscal 2013 of $1.43 million, compared to the current budget of $1.31 million.
Town meeting voters sent the request for a used fire truck back to the Tyringham Fire Company urging fire officials to review their needs before they will consider a different vehicle, according to Board of Selectmen Chairman Alan Wilcox. Wilcox said the proposed combination tanker/pumper would have replaced two existing fire engines that are too big for the town's needs.
As for the new highway truck, the town will borrow the $85,000 needed to pay for the vehicle over a five-year period.
Meanwhile, voters during the special town meeting prior to the annual gathering approved using money Tyringham's stabilization fund and so-called "free cash" to cover the cost of road and other repairs due to heavy rain from Tropical Storm Irene last year.
The annual town election on Tuesday has all incumbents seeking re-election running unopposed. Voting will be from 12 to 6 p.m. at Town Hall.
To reach Dick Lindsay:
or (413) 496-6233.