Becket vote on highway, police and project funding called


BECKET -- Voters will be asked on Dec. 12 to reallocate $60,000 in free cash funds to the Police Department, repairs for a Highway Department grader, and an air conditioning project that will cost more than originally projected.

Each item will need majority approval to be passed.

Originally, there was $45,000 being requested to cover an anticipated budget deficit, but Town Administrator Craig Kleman said that a follow-up review of the budget indicated no vote will be needed on that.

For these other budget expenditures, Kleman said that $8,000 was needed for the Police Department's revolving fund to cover the cost of police patrols on road detail projects, which in the past has meant accompanying private companies like Verizon performing work.

"It will give us some extra wiggle room to deal with any future detail payments that might be coming in slowly," said Kleman, who said the revolving fund has $2,000 allocated.

There is also $32,000 needed for machinery repairs for a Highway Department grader.

And $20,000 in additional funds needed for a Town Hall central air conditioning project, Kleman said.

The town received a $34,000 green communities fund for the air conditioning project, but Kleman said that the cost of the project is expected to be $54,000.


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