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January 29. 2014 10:53PM

Allenstown residents asked to do ‘routine housekeeping’

ALLENSTOWN — A number of warrant articles proposing new zoning ordinances will be among the items up for discussion during the Allenstown deliberative session, which will begin at 9 a.m. Feb. 1 at St. John the Baptist Parish Hall.

Residents also will be presented with the town’s proposed $3,677,141 budget, which if passed in March, is estimated to have a tax impact of 54 cents per $1,000 of assessed property valuation. The default budget, at $3,837,639, is actually higher than the proposed budget.

“There are no significant warrant articles this year; it’s more just routine housekeeping. There are no major bond articles or anything like that,” said Town Administrator Shaun Mulholland.

The town also will present a warrant article asking residents if they want to authorize the School Board to spend $164,000 to obtain a dump truck with plows and a sander on a five-year lease and to raise and appropriate $36,000 for the first year’s payment. The tax impact of this warrant article, should it pass in March, is estimated at 15 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

A warrant article asking residents to raise and appropriate $10,000 for the Landfill Capital Reserve would have a 4 cent tax impact, if approved in March.

There would be no tax impact from a warrant article requesting to spend $10,000 to establish an Accrued Benefits Liability Expendable Trust Fund. The money would come from the fund balance.

A number of other warrant articles also would have no affect on property taxes, but would still affect residents.

One asks residents if they want to modify the elderly exemption from property tax. If passed, under certain conditions, residents ages 65 to 74 would receive a $20,000 exemption; ages 75 to 79, a $30,000 exemption; and age 80 and older, a $50,000 exemption.

Another warrant article asks if residents want to change the road agent position from an elected one to an appointed one. If passed, it would become effective in 2016, at the end of the current road agent’s term. If voters approve the change, a related warrant article asks whether they want to make it the appointed road agent’s responsibility to collect garbage and maintain the town dump.

bklein@newstote.com


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