Richmond budget carries 1.7 percent hike
RICHMOND - Town voters this month will consider a $6.1 million budget for fiscal 2015, which reflects a 1.7 percent increase.
The proposal includes a town government operating budget of $1,735,435, up 5.8 percent from the current year total, at $1,642,656. Special warrant articles to be voted on separately total $926,375.
The Annual Town Meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 21 at Richmond Consolidated School.
The assessment for the school budget is proposed at $2,939,435, which is a 4.6 percent decrease from the current $3,081,739. The reduction reflects lower costs for special education and a slight decrease in the teacher salary line item.
The overall school budget totals $3,394,567, which includes school choice funds, grants and pre-school revenue.
A breakdown of revenue sources in Richmond's fiscal 2015 budget shows $4,418,332, or 70.4 percent of the budget, coming from local property taxes, and $1,685,000, or 27.6 percent, coming from state aid and local receipts other than property taxes.
Among new items on the annual town warrant are a $50,000 request to replace the highway garage roof; $10,000 to replace a fuel-tracking system attached to the pump at the highway garage, and $100,000 for a longer-lasting herbicide treatment at Richmond Pond.
A town bylaw-related article seeks to delete a bylaw section that requires any town meeting vote to raise, transfer or appropriate an amount in excess of that recommended by the Finance Committee, or any amount for which the committee has made no recommendation, be taken by written secret ballot.
The annual warrant and line item budget, with the customary warrant explanations, can be found on the town's website, www.richmondma.org. School budget information is posted on www.richmondconsolidatedschool.org.
The annual election is set for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at Town Hall.
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