Mount Washington annual town meeting preview
When: June 23 at 7 p.m.
Where: Town Ballfield
Mount Washington's moved their annual town meeting outdoors to ensure safe social distancing. Face coverings will be required for those medically exempt, and the staff will maintain an attendance log. The budget itself sticks to the basics, covering almost the same material as FY20. The substantial increase stems from two items in particular: a new cost for stone and gravel for the town highway and an expanded need for school transportation.
Selectman Brian Tobin said that recently, Mount Washington has experienced unusually high damage on the town's gravel roads. In FY20, the town had to spend significantly more money than usual on bringing in stone. While the town works with an outside consultant to mitigate the problem, the select board decided to earmark funds for the anticipated road damage.
The school budget for this year will almost double due to transportation costs. Since only one family had children in school this past year, a private contractor took the child to and from school with no significant cost. This year, the town will have at least three families with schoolchildren, so Mount Washington will most likely hire a bus service most for the fall.
FY 21 Budget: $662,350
Increase from FY20: 18.21 percent
$70,000: Town Highway Stone and Gravel
$99,439: Full-time highway employees
$79,800: Schools including bus
$65,000: Winter maintenance
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