Alton residents to consider lengthy town warrant
Voting day is March 12 at the high school from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Funding requests on the lengthy warrant - it has 44 articles - include allotments to existing capital reserve accounts for town hall building improvements, landfill closure, transfer station, milfoil funds and the senior center.
Article 19 seeks approval for the town's proposed 2013 operating budget of $6,457,356; the default amount is $6,423,603.
Warrant articles in excess of $100,000 include a request to withdraw $139,000 from the Ambulance Operation Fund to pay for ambulance personnel wages, supplies and equipment, training, fuel and maintenance. Article 22 seeks $100,000 for the fire equipment capital reserve, with $50,000 coming from fund balance and $50,000 raised from new taxation. The fund was established to repair or replace the fire engines, the oldest of which is 38 years old. Article 26 seeks $750,000 for the highway reconstruction capital reserve account. The amount is partially offset by a state Highway Block grant fund of $160,968, and the money is used to fix town roads.
The warrant includes funding requests for a variety of nonprofit and social service organizations: $8,456 for the Community Action Program; $12,000 for Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice; $2,000 for the American Red Cross; $10,000 for the Alton Community Services, which provides a food pantry and assistance program; $1,500 for New Beginnings; $11,250 for the Genesis program, which provides mental health care to area residents; $2,000 for Caregivers Transportation; $2,400 for the Appalachian Mountain Teen Project; and $2,000 for Child and Family Services.
Non-funded warrant articles include one that asks voters to accept a proposed noise ordinance, a petitioned article to revert to elected firewards for Alton Fire-Rescue, and an easement request that would allow a resident to construct a septic system.