Savoy annual town meeting preview

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Where: Fire station, Route 116, Savoy

Residents will act on a 2020 fiscal year spending plan with small increases here and there, but no shifts in how Savoy officials manage the town's financial affairs.

Town pavilion: After years of steps toward creating a new town pavilion off Route 116 near Town Hall, the budget proposes to transfer $20,000 from free cash to the Town Park account. The money would be used for final construction steps for the building, now close to completion, and for work on a parking lot.

Select Board stipend: For the first time since 2001, members of the Select Board would see their annual stipends increase, from $2,000 to $3,500. The change was placed on the warrant through a citizens' petition, according to Town Clerk Brenda Smith. The petition had 12 signatures, two more than needed. She said the current three Select Board members declined to seek the increase on their own.

Fire chief pay: While the part-time police chief salary remains the same at $1,100, the budget more than doubles support for the work of the fire chief, increasing pay from $1,100 to $2,600.

Budget

Fiscal 2020: $1,738,596

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Increase: 1.78 percent

Line items

$729,803: Local schools, including the Savoy Elementary School, Adams/Cheshire High School and Florida Middle School

$254,072: The highway department

$171,501: Tuition for the C.H. McCann Technical High School and $35,112 for Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School

$123,700: General government, which covers Town Hall administrative costs except for public safety, public health and some other expenses

— Larry Parnass


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