Dunbarton voters approve all warrant articles at meeting
About 625 voters turned out for the meeting, or 31 percent of those registered, said Les Hammond, Board of Selectmen chairman.
"There were a lot of young people, a lot of new voters," he said. "It was wonderful to see."
Three thousand dollars was added to the operating budget of $2,068,430 for cemeteries, and combined with a 6-cent increase for funding for the Dunbarton Town Hall and theatre restoration project, voters will see 29 cents added to the tax rate, or about $64 to the tax bill of a home valued at $220,000.
Hammond said Article 9, which sought to raise $25,000 for the town hall project, generated some discussion, but voters ultimately approved it.
Tiffany Dodd, chairman of the committee heading up the project, has said the building is a town asset and should be taken care of.
In Article 4, voters approved an expenditure of $36,000 for a new police cruiser. Of the total, $6,098 will come from the Police Special Detail Revolving Fund and the remainder will come from the town's fund balance.
Voters approved adding $10,000 to the capital reserve fund for future re-valuation of the town in Article 5, as well as Article 6, which asked for $25,000 for the future purchase of highway department vehicles.
Article 7 set aside $12,150 for milfoil control at Gorham Pond, which will be partially funded by a grant from the state Department of Environmental Services. The remainder will be taken from the town's fund balance.
Article 8 asked residents to approve the formation of a committee for the town's 250th anniversary celebration, and to set aside $1,000 for a celebration.
Dunbarton celebrates its 250th anniversary in 2015.
Dunbarton School District Meeting takes place Saturday, March 16, at 1 p.m., at Dunbarton Elementary School.