Clarksburg annual town meeting preview

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When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Clarksburg Elementary School, 777 West Cross Road

While the town's operating budget would decrease by more than 3 percent, the highlight of the 2019 annual town meeting will be a proposed Proposition 2 1/2 debt-exclusion vote. Town officials are requesting that voters authorize $1 million in borrowing, in a ballot vote, to fund infrastructure projects at Clarksburg Elementary School and for the town.

Improvement projects: The $1 million in borrowing — it must be approved by voters at Tuesday's annual town election — would be split evenly between the elementary school and the town. While the borrowing would increase taxes, proponents note that the vote would only impact taxpayers for the five-year length of the borrowing. It would be used to fund projects such as a new roof and accessibility improvements on the elementary school, as well as an addition to the Department of Public Works garage and road improvements throughout town.

Budget changes: Aside from the proposed infrastructure spending, the town budget is set to decrease by 3.85 percent. The $1.45 million spending plan includes a decrease of $92,350 in health and life insurance spending, a $23,082 drop in debt service payments, and a $7,620 decline in the police budget. The single largest increase in spending is in the Highway Department, which would see a $23,792 bump to its budget.

For the dogs: The town meeting warrant also includes an article proposing the adoption of dog control bylaws, which spell out the fees for licensing dogs, mandate that dogs not be allowed to run loose on public property and require that dogs be inoculated against rabies.

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Budget

Fiscal 2020: $1.45 million

Decrease: 3.85 percent

Line items

$2.46 million school budget

$345,051 Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School District budget

$38,000 from school stabilization account to replace Clarksburg Elementary School boiler


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