Belmont approves a $10.1m proposed budget with little discussion
BELMONT - Residents approved a $10.1 million budget in the town deliberative session on Saturday with little debate.
If all items on the budget are approved by voters at the March 11 elections, the town tax rate would rise an estimated 63 cents, said Town Administrator K. Jeanne Beaudet.
About the only item drawing discussion at the meeting was Article 13, which called for spending income from the John M. Sargent Trust Fund.
There was discussion about amending the $3,000 amount to be given to the Shaker Regional School District for the Shaker Sugar Shack, but that amendment was dropped and the amount was unchanged.
Article 5, which called for $375,000 for a town-wide water meter replacement project, did not draw discussion. Future payments to this bond would come from water user fees.
Also approved with little debate was Article 15. It calls for $142,050 to pay for the Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail, with $53,000 to come from town taxes.
Also on the warrant is Article 17. It asks voters for $35,000 to pay for the purchase and implementation of a new town-wide phone system, and Article 18, which asks residents for $750,000 to be placed in the Highway Reconstruction and Maintenance Capital Reserve Fund.
Article 25 asks the town to spend $529,775 for operation of the sewage construction and disposal system, which will be offset by user fees. Similarly, Article 26 asks for $257,548 for operation and maintenance of the water distribution and treatment system, with that money offset by user fees.
Article 34 asks for $45,000 for a new police and fire dispatch center radio. Article 37 asks for $10,000 for sewer pump system upgrades.
- Dan SeufertSunday News Correspondent