Auburn's warrant just routine business mattersBy BENJAMIN C. KLEIN
Union Leader Correspondent
January 31. 2014 8:13PM
AUBURN — The town administrator is expecting business as usual at today's town deliberative session, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Auburn Village School.
"In all my years of being town administrator since 2005, residents have approved every warrant article (involving spending) that the town has asked for, not including petition articles," Town Administrator Bill Herman said.
Herman said the process to craft the warrant article this year has been the same as it has been any other year.
"None of the warrant articles are out of the ordinary, and some are just routine business," he said.
The proposed town budget of $5,054,873 would have a tax impact of $4.56 if approved. If voters reject the budget in March, the default budget of $5,007,108 will kick in, which would have a tax impact of $4.48.
If voters were to approve every warrant article this March unchanged, the total tax impact would be $4.67, which would represent a 36-cent increase over the current year's portion of the town's tax impact of $4.31.
Along with the budget, residents will once again be presented with a warrant article asking if they want to spend $34,675 on a mosquito population control program that would have a tax impact of 6 cents.
Herman said mosquito control has been on the ballot for years, and is always passed by voters.
Residents will also consider a new two-year contract negotiated between the Board of Selectmen, Police Commission and the Auburn Police Union Local 216. The cost increase associated with the first year of the contract would be $21,412, which would equate to a 3-cent tax impact. According to the warrant article, the second year cost increase associated with the contract will again be put before voters next year.
The last warrant article with a tax impact concerns acquiring a new four-wheel drive vehicle for the fire department. The four-year total of the agreement would be $45,500 with the first year's cost amounting to $15,777, representing a tax impact of 2 cents.