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March 04. 2014 8:40PM

Boscawen voters to decide on $3.2 million budget, 12 articles

BOSCAWEN — When voters come to the polls next Tuesday and gather for Town Meeting Tuesday night, they will be asked to approve 12 warrant articles, including a request for money to renovate the town building known as the 1913 Library.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Town Meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Boscawen Elementary School.

Residents will be asked to approve a $3.2 million budget.

Article 11 asks residents for $25,000 for technical studies and renovations on the 1913 Library building at 248 King St. A local committee has been working to restore the library and move town records there for public use, town officials said.

The article asks selectmen to seek government and private grants to help pay for the renovation and studies, and stipulates that the $25,000 will not be spent unless the town receives grants at least equal to that amount.

Article 10 asks residents for $200,000 for the Boscawen/Canterbury Bridge Capital Reserve Fund. The state will reimburse the town for $160,000 of that expenditure. The article stipulates that none of the funds will be spent “unless Canterbury has appropriated funds for its share of the cost and is prepared to proceed with the project.”

Article 6 seeks $192,000 to be added to town capital reserve funds for the following projects and costs:

• $60,000 for a fire truck.

• $40,000 for highway equipment.

• $40,000 for a municipal building.

• $32,000 for a police vehicle.

• $20,000 for a public works building.

Article 12 asks residents to change the town treasurer post from an elected to an appointed position, with the appointment to come from the Board of Selectmen. The appointment would be made in writing, and the writing would include the compensation to be paid. The person holding the office would continue to hold it until the next annual town election following the vote.

dseufert@newstote.com


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