Epsom considers proposal for new town office buildingBy MELISSA PROULX
Union Leader Correspondent
October 23. 2017 10:11PM
EPSOM — Town officials are once again looking at a potential proposal for a new town office building to put before voters in March.
The town offices are currently located in a storefront space in the strip mall off Suncook Valley Highway.
With the deadline for the town meeting ballot approaching, the Board of Selectmen are trying to figure out whether to include a warrant article about constructing a new town office building.
Selectmen have been discussing with staff some of the needs for the new space, though nothing official has been decided as of yet. Staff have said that they don’t want space that has less square footage than the office space they have now.
Figuring out where to put the new town offices has been discussed for years.
During the 2016 town meeting, residents weighed in on an article to build a new town office on a town-owned piece of land between the police station and the post office. That warrant article failed by about a dozen votes.
But at the last town meeting, a warrant article was passed that created a new fund earmarked for purchasing or building new town offices. The goal is to add $50,000 each year to the fund.
After the March approval, the money was put into the fund from the unassigned fund balance and would have no impact on the town’s tax rate.
If selectmen decide to go forward with a warrant article that involves a bond, it will have to be in by the first week of November to meet the budget deadlines.
Until a new home can be found, the town offices will continue to be housed in rented space.
The town pays about $40,000 in rent each year for the strip mall space, which increases by 2 percent every year.