Robust discussion leads to small changes at Weare deliberative sessionBy MELISSA PROULX
Sunday News Correspondent
February 10. 2018 9:21PM
WEARE - About 50 residents spent about six hours debating and deliberating the town warrant at Weare Middle School Saturday but only a few articles were amended when all was said and done.
Changes the residents agreed upon include:
. Adding text to let residents know what the future costs would be to hire an additional police officer.
If approved, the warrant would raise $41,571 to fund six months of pay and benefits for an officer and allow the department to provide 24/7 coverage.
. Zeroing out an article that would have raised $25,000 towards planning and engineering for the town library, in order to explore what work needs to be done.
. Reducing the amount to be used to secure a licensed forester from $30,000 to $25,000.
. Nullifying an article that would have given selectmen more authority in selling tax-deed property by public auction or sealed bid.
Four others articles were amended to add language that did not significantly change each article's impact.
Other warrant articles include:
. An operating budget of $6.07 million, up about 6 percent from last year.
Increases are primarily due to items like employee raises, election costs and legal expenses, according to Selectman Chairman Tom Clow.
He said he expects there will be enough revenue to lessen the tax burden of the increase. The default budget is $5.99 million.
. An appropriation of $480,000 for road work, of which $278,300 is likely to come from the state Highway Fund and the rest to be raised through taxes.
Voting is scheduled for March 13 at Weare Middle School, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.