No changes made to Amherst town warrant
During Wednesday’s annual deliberative session, there were no amendments made to the proposed town warrant, according to Town Administrator Jim O’Mara.
The largest ticket item at the polls will be the proposed $11,774,356 town operating budget, which has the unanimous support of the Board of Selectmen and the Ways and Means Committee.
If approved, the town portion of the local tax rate will be $5.28 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The average homeowner with a home assessed at $330,000 would see an increase of about $30 in the town portion of their tax rate — up from $1,716 to about $1,746 — if the new budget is adopted, according to data provided by the town.
A three-year collective bargaining agreement with the local police union is being suggested. The new contract, which would run from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2017, would include extra salaries and benefits of about $36,000 for the first year, nearly $48,000 for the second year and about $28,600 for the third.
Additional funding for various capital reserve funds is being requested by town officials, including $180,000 for the recreation capital reserve; $250,000 for the fire apparatus capital reserve; $50,000 for an ambulance capital reserve; $25,000 for the assessing capital reserve; and $15,000 each for the town computer systems and communication center capital reserve funds.
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on March 11 at Souhegan High School.