New Marlborough voters to weigh 2.8 percent spending hike


NEW MARLBOROUGH -- Voters here will be asked to approve a 33-article warrant that includes a general government budget of $4.89 million, an increase of $131,511 -- or 2.8 percent, over this year's budget.

This year's Annual Town Meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the Mill River Town Hall.

The biggest individual line item on the budget is the town's assessment to the Southern Berkshire Regional School District, which is $2,507,496, a jump of $103,471 over this year. The Finance Committee has recommended a "yes" vote on this item.

Other spending hikes include $22,975 to the Berkshire County Retirement System, to $100,953; and a jump of $12,659 to the road budget of the Highway Department to $256,334.

Voters also will be asked to approve several special articles, including borrowing $550,000 for a new fire truck and borrowing $228,000 for a new Highway Department truck. Approval of both actions are contingent on the successful passage of an override of the levy limit imposed by Proposition 2 1/2 at the annual town elections. The Finance Committee has recommended these actions.

Another special article asks voters to transfer from the free cash account $93,000 for the truck, which the finance committee has recommended against.

Other special articles ask to transfer $10,000 for Town Hall renovations; $50,000 for the Stabilization Fund and $100,000 for repairs to the Clayton/Mill River bridge. The town is also seeking to borrow $80,000 for the same work. That sum will also require a Proposition 2 1/2 override vote.


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