Alford voters approve spending items; override needed for fire truck

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ALFORD — Voters approved all 10 articles and Alford's $1.3 million spending plan at the annual town meeting on Monday, but how to pay for the warrant's most expensive item will be determined next week.

Town meeting approved a $496,521 appropriation for a new town fire truck. Voters will now have to consider an override of the provisions of Proposition 2 1/2 to pay for the bond to finance the purchase and equipping of that vehicle.

That measure will be put before voters in the form of a ballot question at the annual town elections on Tuesday.

The town's fiscal 2017 budget is $147,421 higher than the current $1.2 million spending plan, an increase of less than 1 percent.

Also approved on Monday was Alford's $405,295 share of the five-town Southern Berkshire Regional School District's operating and transportation budgets, which is some $7,000 less than current school spending.

Voters also approved a $45,000 appropriation for a Municipal Lighting Program, which is connected to the high-speed broadband initiative that the town approved last June.

Most town salaries and general government expenses for fiscal 2017 were either level-funded or included slight increases, according to the warrant.

A total of 80 registered voters cast ballots on Monday, according to selectmen's secretary Debra Blackwell.

Contact Tony Dobrowolski at 413-496-6224.


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