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Dunbarton passes service budget of $2.2 million

By MELISSA PROULX
Union Leader Correspondent

March 19. 2017 8:27PM


DUNBARTON — Roughly 70 residents approved all but two of the proposed warrant articles at this year’s town meeting on Saturday.

The only two articles that failed were submitted by petition.

The first called for raising $90,000 to pave about half a mile of Ordway Road to the town line. Many residents said the paving would only benefit the small number of people who live there.

The other warrant article that failed called for creating a Milfoil Control Revolving Fund. The intent of the article was to create a place to save any of the money not used in the annual treatments of water bodies in the town.

However, residents voted it down after it was determined the phrasing was not legally sound.

A different version could come before voters next year.

The remaining warrant articles were passed with little discussion.

This included a level service budget of roughly $2.2 million. This is the third year in a row that the selectmen have presented this type of budget, which provides funding to maintain the current level of service for the various departments in town.

“It seems to have been working well,” said Selectmen Chairman Brian Pike.

Overall, the budget increased by roughly $10,000, which was primarily due to health care and retirement costs.

Voters also approved a $100,000 warrant article for the third phase of paving on Grapevine Road.

A full rundown of the warrant articles and the results of the Tuesday ballot election can be found on the town’s website, dunbartonnh.org.


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