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(Editor's note: This story corrects the version that ran in the March 6 issue of the Goffstown News.)
WEARE – Voters heading to the polls on March 11 will decide on 30 articles and elect eight people to office.
Articles 2 through 6 on the ballot address zoning amendments recommended by the Planning Board.
Article 7 asks if the town should bond $967,000 to build a new public works facility. The article would not have any tax impact in 2014 and needs a three-fifths majority to pass.
Voters will consider a $5,110,637 operating budget in Article 8. If the proposed budget does not pass a $5,040,892 operating budget takes effect. The proposed operating budget, if passed, would affect the tax rate by $3.03. The default budget has an estimated tax impact of $2.94.
Article 9 asks if voters will approve a three-year collective bargaining agreement between the Board of Selectmen and the union for the public works employees. The estimated increase for 2014 is $20,918. The cost decreases by $11,334 in 2015, and decreases by $34,642 in 2016. The estimated tax impact is 3 cents.
Article 10 asks voters to consider a three-year collective bargaining agreement with the Police Department union employees and to raise $22,009 to cover the increase in salaries and benefits for 2014. The increase for 2015 is estimated at $17,057 and the 2016 increase is $9131.96. The estimated tax impact is 3 cents.
Voters are asked if the town should raise $20,400 to give raises to non-union town and library personnel in Article 11. The estimated tax impact is 2 cents.
In Article 12 voters are asked to decide if the town should raise $1,475,818 to replace the Peaslee Road Bridge. The highway state bridge aid program is expected to give the town $1,180,654, leaving $86,372 to be raised through taxation. The estimated tax impact is 11 cents.
Article 13 seeks $119,525 to add two full-time officers to the police force. The estimated tax impact is 15 cents.
Article 14 proposes to withdraw $30,000 from the fire department's vehicle replacement special revenue fund to put toward the purchase of a new $220,000 ambulance. The remaining $190,000 would be raised by taxation. The estimated tax impact is 23 cents.
Article 15 requests $450,000 for road reconstruction and resurfacing. State highway block grant funds are expected to provide $238,037, leaving $211,963 raised through taxation. The estimated tax impact is 26 cents.
In Article 16 voters will decide if $205,000 should be added to the Highway Truck and Equipment Replacement Fund. The money is earmarked to purchase a 10-wheeler dump truck for the Highway Department. The estimated tax impact is 25 cents.
Article 17 asks if voters will put $45,000 in the Highway Truck and Equipment Replacement Fund for a new or used pickup truck for the Highway Department. The estimated tax impact is 6 cents.
In Article 18 voters will be asked to put $49,600 in the Police Cruiser Fund to purchase a four-wheel-drive police SUV cruiser. The estimated tax impact is 6 cents.
Article 19, if passed, would add $68,000 to the Gasoline System General Maintenance Trust Fund. The money would be used to upgrade the fueling facility at the Public Works Department that is used by all departments. The estimated tax impact is 8 cents.
Article 20 asks voters to add $40,000 to the Government Building and Maintenance capital reserve fund. The estimated tax impact is 5 cents.
Article 21 requests $50,000 to be added to the Recreational Development and Improvement Fund to expand the soccer field and parking at Bolton Memorial Park. The estimated tax impact is 6 cents.
Article 22 asks if voters will add $18,000 to the Cemetery Construction Fund to add fencing to the north and west side of Pine Grove Cemetery. The estimated tax impact is 2 cents.
Here are some other warrant article requests:
In Article 29 voters are asked if $100,000 should be withdrawn from the Town Forest Account to purchase new town forest land. There is no tax impact.
Article 31 asks if the town should adopt the provisions of RSA 72:29-a which gives a $2,000 tax credit to the spouse of any person killed in combat zones while on active duty in the U.S. armed forces.
Voting takes place March 11 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Weare Middle School.