A look around the state at selected Town Meeting agendas:
Residents face the question of whether to approve a $3,984,023 budget. The proposed 2019 budget represents a .54 percent increase over 2018’s $3,962,501 budget and there would be a tax rate impact of roughly $9.62. Voters will face several special questions, including whether to allow Keno in town and whether to provide various tax benefits to veterans (such as a $500 tax credit).
Voting: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, St. John the Baptist Parish Hall.
An operating budget of $8,181,850 is proposed. The police department is asking for $25,000 to buy a Live Scan fingerprinting system, and the water commissioners want to disband and delegate control of the department to selectmen. A petition warrant article requests the paving of Hayes Road, but does not include a cost estimate.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, St. Katharine Drexel Church.
Voters are being asked to support a town operating budget of about $14 million. A contingency fund of $120,000 is also being recommended for unanticipated expenses, as well as $200,000 for the police station’s renovation capital reserve fund. About $5.1 million is also being sought to replace the Mont Vernon Road Bridge over Caesar’s Brook, Thornton Ferry Road Bridge over Beaver Brook and Brook Road Bridge over Joe English Brook, with the town being reimbursed 80 percent of the costs by the state DOT.
Voting: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Souhegan High School.
Residents will see an estimated tax rate increase of 16 cents if voters approve the proposed operating budget of $5,566,310, up 4.45 percent from the 2018 rate of $5,329,160. Voters will also decide whether to devote $60,000 from the unassigned fund balance to a capital reserve fund devoted to maintaining town buildings.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Auburn Village School.
Article 3 asks voters to appropriate $4,424,876 for the construction of a new library. $432,235 of that amount has already been raised through the Barrington Library Foundation.
Voting: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Barrington Middle School.
On the school ballot, voters will be asked to approve a proposed $75 million operating budget, as well as an additional $3 million energy-related infrastructure bond. A two-year collective bargaining agreement is recommended for the Bedford Education Association, which will provide raises totaling $560,181 in the upcoming school year. Town officials are also proposing a nearly $4 million bond for improvements to town parks and recreation infrastructure. A nearly $30 million town budget is being requested, as well as an extra $1.2 million for the town’s capital reserve fund.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Bedford High School. The budgetary town meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bedford High School.
An operating budget of $7,696,456 resulting in the municipal portion of the tax rate increasing to $7.58 per $1,000 is proposed. The default budget is $7,622,678. The bulk of the proposed increase is attributable to an 11 percent rise in health insurance and a 3.74 percent hike in wages for the police department as part of the third year of a contract approved in 2017. Fire department staff wages are up 3.1 percent as a result of a similar agreement.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Belmont High School.
Voters will be asked to approve a general operating budget of $11,782,324, an increase of 1 percent from 2018’s operating budget of $11,662,735. Residents will be asked to appropriate $675,000 for a new fire engine and whether to grant the town permission to construct solar power generation facilities on the Public Safety Building.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Bow Memorial School. The Town Meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bow High School.
Voters will decide on whether to approve a proposed $2,798,847 operating budget, representing a 2.6 percent increase over 2018’s $2,727,486 budget. The overall increase is due to increases for various items, with $20,907 for software support/license fees, $20,455 for full-time police wages and $16,500 for tree trimming by the highway department. Residents will also decide whether to appropriate $133,235 for the Smyth Public Library.
Voting: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Candia Youth Athletic Association.
For the second consecutive year, and after falling just two votes short in 2018, voters will again consider whether they should spend $4,455,000 to construct a new Town Hall and a public safety building. The article needs three-fifths majority to pass. Voters are also being asked to adopt a municipal operating budget of $1,954,030; should that article fail, then the default budget would be $1,903,045.
Voting: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Town Hall in Twin Mountain.
SAU 6 voters are being asked to approve a $35,293,063 budget for the school district. The default budget is $35,113,750. The proposed budget includes money for pay raises for the administrators. In addition to the annual budget, the district is also asking for $100,000 to repair the roof at Bluff Elementary School, $249,950 to purchase a two-way radio system for the district to handle emergency communications and $51,000 to purchase surveillance cameras for all of the district school buses.
Voting: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday. Claremont Wards I and II vote at Claremont Middle School, Ward III at Disnard Elementary School.
Authorizing the collection of an additional $5 fee for motor-vehicle registrations is the first article to be considered by Town Meeting voters. The money would be used to make transportation improvements. Also on the warrant is a proposed municipal operating budget of $2,415,590. If not approved, the default budget would be $2,202,464. Voters will consider whether to: transfer the duties of tax collector from the town manager to the tax office; ban ATVs from town roads; and hire a Recreation Trails Supervisor to work out the problems among ATV riders, landowners and residents. If the article is approved, voters will be asked to also approve $10,000 to fund the position.
Voting: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Colebrook Elementary School. Town Meeting follows at 7 p.m.
Voters will consider a proposed $3.3 million town budget and several warrant articles, including $470,000 to buy a new fire rescue/pumper vehicle, $376,750 to build an addition to the safety complex, $295,800 to construct a sand and salt shed and $12,000 to design plans for a new police station. Voters will also decide a controversial warrant article proposed by selectmen that would abolish the budget committee and make selectmen responsible for the town budget.
Voting: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Danville Community Center.
Voters will decide whether to adopt the proposed operating budget of $4,220,967 for an estimated tax rate impact of $7.29. The proposed budget would be a 7.4 percent increase from 2018’s $3,929,850 budget. Residents will also be asked whether they wish to appropriate $300,000 at an estimated tax rate of 52 cents to install an elevator in Town Hall.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Deerfield Town Hall.
Voters will go to the polls to determine whether the town should raise and appropriate $2,546,939 for general municipal operations with $1,162,625 to be raised from revenue at an estimated tax rate impact of $3.74. The 2019 proposed appropriation represents a decrease from 2018’s $2,648,582 operating budget.
Voting: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dunbarton Community Center. Town Meeting follows at 7 p.m.
Article 2 asks voters to appropriate $2,680,000 for the construction of a new Dover Road Pump Station force main. Two-thirds of the annual payments are to be paid by the University of New Hampshire and one-third will be paid for by Durham sewer system users.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oyster River High School.
Voters will face a proposed $3 million school budget and a $2.2 million town budget and warrant articles that include a proposal to allow Keno, $43,500 for property revaluation, and a petitioned warrant article seeking $5,000 to create a fund for monitoring and treating ash trees infected or threatened by the emerald ash borer insect.
Voting: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, East Kingston Elementary School.
A $2.19 million wastewater treatment facility upgrade and another $3.3 million proposal to decommission lagoons to comply with an Environmental Protection Agency order are among the warrant articles on the town ballot. Both proposals would be funded by bonds that would be repaid through sewer user rates. Voters will also decide a $19.9 million school budget and an $8.4 million town budget. Other warrant articles include $170,550 to fund increases for the first year of a new three-year teachers’ contract, a proposal to discontinue the town’s water and sewer commission, and a citizen-petitioned resolution stating that a liquefied natural gas storage facility should not be located in town without voter approval.
Voting: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Epping Middle School.
Residents will determine whether to approve an operating budget of $3,573,062 at an estimated tax rate impact of $4.48, coming in at 33 cents more than the 2018 tax rate. Voters will also be asked whether to approve Keno, whether to approve full-day kindergarten and whether to appropriate $190,000 to purchase a new six-wheel plow truck for the highway department.
Voting: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Epsom Central School.
A $4.5 million proposal to renovate the Exeter Public Library and make other improvements is one of the big-ticket items on the proposed town warrant. Voters will also consider a $19 million town budget and will be asked to spend $250,000 to create the final design and engineering plans for a recreation park development project and $187,818 to replace nearly 700 street lights and fixtures with LED lights. A resolution asking the federal government to spearhead a global effort to prevent nuclear war will appear on the ballot as well.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Talbot Gym, former Exeter High School.
Exeter Region Cooperative School District
A $17.8 million expansion and renovation plan for the Cooperative Middle School in Stratham tops the school ballot for the district, which serves Brentwood, East Kingston, Exeter, Kensington, Newfields and Stratham. The project calls for adding classrooms, installing another elevator, creating a multipurpose art room, reconfiguring the cafeteria and creating office space for staff now working in storage closets.
All voting is Tuesday.
Brentwood: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Brentwood Recreation Center.
East Kingston: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., East Kingston Elementary School.
Exeter: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Talbot Gym, former Exeter High School.
Kensington: 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Kensington Elementary School.
Newfields: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Newfields Town Hall.
Stratham: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Stratham Municipal Center.
A $3.1 million town budget is proposed. Other warrant articles include $41,386 to hire a new full-time police officer and $66,000 to fund night and weekend coverage by fire and rescue personnel. On the school side, voters will consider a $12,792,215 proposed budget and a new three-year teachers’ contract, which would cost an additional $67,947 in the first year to cover increases in salaries and benefits.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Ellis School.
A municipal operating budget of $13,657,901 is proposed. Voters will decide whether to approve a two-year contract with Gilford police. First-year costs for increased wages and benefits is $17,269. Taxpayers will also decide whether to spend $400,000 to complete improvements at the recycling center and build a transfer station, $125,000 to upgrade the police radio system and $85,000 to buy and equip a forestry fire vehicle. Keno is on the ballot and whether voters want to change the date of elections and the second session from March to May.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Gilford Community Youth Center.
Voters will decide whether to approve the proposed $22,121,008 operating budget, representing a $523,185 increase in the general fund from 2018. Citizens will also determine whether to allow Keno and whether the town should appropriate $550,000 to construct Phase 1 of the Goffstown Sports Complex.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Goffstown High School.
An expansion and renovation project is proposed for Hampstead Central School with a price tag of $7,994,500. It’s the fifth time that a building project has been proposed. Voters will also consider a $27,801,104 proposed school operating budget, a $6,881,778 town budget, and warrant articles that seek $41,957 to hire a new full-time firefighter/EMT and $60,000 for the installation of a cremation wall and paved walkway in Lakeview Cemetery. A citizen-petitioned article asks voters to freeze the school portion of property taxes for people older than 65.
Voting: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Hampstead Middle School.
Article 3 asks voters to decide whether new or substantially improved structures built in the tidal wetlands buffer must be placed on pilings. If approved, the requirement would impact about 340 properties already located in FEMA flood zones.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Winnacunnet High School.
The Tucker Free Library looms large on the Town Meeting warrant, with voters being asked to approve more than $300,000 in three separate warrant articles for the building’s proposed upgrades and renovations. That proposed spending is in addition to the proposed town budget of $5,428,254. The Henniker School District is asking for $8,093,430, while a school budget proposal is at $13,645,000.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m, Tuesday, Henniker Community School. Town Meeting is at 1 p.m., Saturday, Henniker Community School.
Voters will decide whether to spend $750,000 to acquire full ownership of a 60-acre plot. Requests to enter into lease purchase agreements for a fire truck, multi-purpose dump truck and pick-up truck are also being proposed, in addition to an $11.2 million town operating budget.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Lawrence Barn. Town Meeting is at 10 a.m., Saturday, Hollis-Brookline High School.
Voters will head to the polls to decide on whether to approve an operating budget of $19,035,357 with an estimated tax rate increase of $5.89. The 2019 proposed operating budget represents a 3.47 percent increase over 2018’s $18,396,418 budget. The biggest 2019 line item increase is $317,360 in the public works budget, including $100,000 for stormwater issues. Another initiative is whether to raise and appropriate $2,500,000 for Phase 1 initial engineering and construction of sewer and other infrastructure improvements at the Route 3A TIF District. This move will have no tax rate impact.
Voting: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, David R. Cawley Middle School.
Residents will vote on whether to raise and appropriate a general operating budget of $7,282,388, representing a 2.23 percent increase over the 2018 general operating budget of $7,123,416. Voters will also weigh in on whether to appropriate $502,000 for various capital reserve funds, and $110,000 raised without taxation from the Pay-by-Bag Special Reserve Fund for the purpose of offsetting the cost of collection and disposal of solid waste.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Hopkinton Middle/High School. Town Meeting is at 9 a.m., Saturday, Hopkinton Middle/High School.
A budget of $26,916,799 is being proposed. If it fails to pass, the default budget will be $26,359,994. Voters will have a chance to vote on a $3.88 million Water Fund budget (down from the default $4 million). Union contracts for firefighters, police, town support staff and public works employees are in the town warrant, and voters will also be asked to approve the addition of two new police officers at a cost of $187,668. The town is also looking to change its future voting day from the second Tuesday in March to the second Tuesday in April in order to avoid severe snow storms that might impact turnout. The proposed school district budget is $54,765,345. The default budget is $54,226,858. The school district ballot also includes a warrant for a $23,989,957 bond for the renovation and construction of additions at Alvirne High School, which will result in a tax rate increase of 22 cents.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Hudson Community Center.
The town is looking to spend $803,617 to repair and build sidewalks on Peterborough and Stratton roads. If the funding is approved by voters, more than $600,000 will come from a state grant and another $121,000 from a TIF district. The remaining funds needed for the sidewalks are in addition to the town’s $6,688,733 operating budget. The Jaffrey-Rindge Cooperative School District budget is at $25,241,319, with additional spending proposals including $2.1 million for parking lot repairs at two schools and another $190,000 for roof repairs.
Voting: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jaffrey VFW. The business portion of the meeting starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Pratt Auditorium, Conant High School.
Voters will consider a $3,119,970 million proposed school budget and a $1,788,415 town budget. Other warrant articles include proposals for entry into a 30-year agreement that would allow Sawyer Park to continue to be managed and maintained for park and recreational purposes, $200,000 for road reconstruction and a petitioned article to create a heritage commission.
Voting: 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Kensington Elementary School.
Voters will decide whether to spend $375,000 to purchase land next to the fire station on Main Street to create a larger piece of property for the future construction of a new station. The proposal would also allow selectmen to swap some land and adjust property lines with another landowner as part of the project. Voters will also consider a $5.8 million town operating budget and warrant articles that include allowing Keno.
Voting: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Swasey Gymnasium, Sanborn Seminary Campus.
Voters are being asked to approve $30 million in long-term borrowing for the school district, on top of the $43 million operating budget. The district is asking for $19,993,000 in bonds to pay for the renovation and construction projects at Mount Lebanon School, Hanover Street School and Lebanon High School. The district is also asking for $9,427,000 in bonds for the auditorium project at the high school. Both articles require a three-fifths majority vote.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, in all three wards. Ward I votes at the Kilton Public Library, Ward II votes at the United Methodist Church and Ward III votes at City Hall.
Article 3 asks voters to appropriate $4,060,000 to build additions to the public library, build a new municipal office building, relocate the historical museum and repurpose the town annex as part of a town center project. This would require a bond of $3,495,000.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Lee Public Safety Complex.
Voters will decide whether the school board should study the impact of having a tax cap implemented. Residents will also consider whether teachers should receive pay raises over the next three years. If approved by voters, the cost of the union contract would increase by about 3.5 percent for the first two years of the agreement and about 3.2 percent the final year. A proposed operating budget of $22.9 million is included on the school district ballot, which is less than a 1 percent increase over the existing spending plan. Residents will also be asked if they support the continuance of a town administrator position. Other items on the town warrant include a nearly $6.8 million proposed operating budget, a contract for local police with a combined 5 percent salary increase and adopting a town flag and Keno.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Campbell High School.
Voters will be asked to approve a proposed budget of $33,858,810 as well as a supplemental budget of $172,952 in a separate warrant article. Articles would appropriate $2.8 million for the sewer fund, $1.62 million to complete the northern sections of the Londonderry Rail Trail ($800,000 will be covered by a state grant, and $220,000 was privately raised) and $650,000 for roadway maintenance. There will also be an article to legalize Keno gaming. On the school side, the proposed operating budget totals $74,316,200. The default budget is $73,857,203. The estimated tax impact will be $13.15 per $1,000 of assessed value. Residents will also vote on a $1.3 million teachers’ union contract.
Voting: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Londonderry High School.
Voters will decide whether to raise and appropriate $4,682,978 for general municipal operations, amounting to a 4 percent increase from the 2018 operating budget of $4,606,982. Some of the increases include $39,957 for selectmen’s office wages and office equipment.
Voting: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Loudon Town Hall for Articles 1 and 2 . Articles 3-18 will be taken up at the second session of Town Meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Loudon Elementary School.
A municipal budget of $15,728,958, up $706,123 or 4.7 percent compared to 2018 appropriations, is proposed. With the use of $900,000 in fund balances, the municipal portion of the tax rate that now stands at $5 per $1,000 of assessed valuation is expected to increase to $5.10. Approval of a $7.6 million bond issue to finance public works projects is being sought, as is a $400,000 appropriation for design fees associated with the Meredith Public Library expansion project. Warrant articles also seek to allow Keno and raise $25,000 to rebuild the skateboard park at Prescott Park.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Meredith Community Center. Town Meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Inter-Lakes High School.
Three candidates – Kevin Federico, Christopher Labonte and Nathaniel Carmen – are vying for one seat on the Board of Selectmen. Town officials are seeking a town operating budget of $14.7 million. Also on the ballot is a request to spend $85,000 for a communication consultant to identify concerns and solutions to possibly establish a Milford Emergency Dispatch Center, and a $450,000 bond to replace the HVAC system at Town Hall. Other requests include: a new bargaining agreement with local police, with a cost increase of about $39,000 this year; $35,000 to complete the final phase of the Osgood Pond restoration project; and $200,000 for maintenance and a new pump at Keyes Memorial Park Pool. On the school ballot, an operating budget of about $42 million is being proposed, as well as a collective bargaining agreement with teachers at a cost of nearly $513,000 in the first year.
Voting: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Milford Middle School.
The Mont Vernon School District is asking voters to support a school budget of $5,160,557, which is about 4.2 percent less than the existing spending plan. A town operating budget of about $2.5 million is being proposed. Voters will also be asked whether to spend $580,000 for a long-term lease/purchase agreement for an all-wheel drive rescue pumper fire truck. A request to spend $12,000 to reconstruct Carleton Pond and its surrounding park will be considered by local residents, as well as $25,000 for engineering, architecture and other services for an additional library site. A request for $50,000 to repair and maintain town buildings is also being proposed.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Mont Vernon Village School.
Voters will decide on an operating budget of $5,292,657, an 8.7 percent increase over the 2018 budget of $4,866,098, which was a default budget. And for the third straight year, citizens will determine whether to raise and appropriate $2,800,000 to design and construct a new fire station.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, New Boston Central School.
An operating budget of $2,935,349 is proposed. Voters will be asked to spend $42,900 to make upgrades at Town Hall, and buy a $38,500 all-wheel drive police cruiser. Replacing the Brook Road Bridge will cost $210,985, offset by $50,985 from an expendable trust. Taxpayers will also be asked to authorize the purchase of a fire truck and various equipment for the fire department, with much of the costs covered by federal grants.
Voting: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Town House.
A total operating budget of $16,421,227 is being proposed. If it fails to pass, the default budget will be $16,452,385. Among the items that voters will decide is a $1.7 million flood relief bridge structure adjacent to the Old Bridge Street bridge ($1.3 million will be covered by a state grant), a public works and municipal employees’ union contract, renovations for the Pelham Public Library, the elimination of any future age-restricted housing zones, and permitting livestock at residential and mixed-use zones. On the school side, a $32,387,970 budget is being proposed. The default budget is $31,812,068. Voters will also be asked to approve a $493,563 teachers’ union contract.
Voting: 7 a.m to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Pelham High School.
Voters will decide on whether to pass a $8,318,667 general operating budget, down 2.1 percent from the $8,500,000 operating budget of 2018. Citizens will also vote on whether to appropriate $34,420 for repairs to the clock tower on Main Street and $150,000 for repairs to the rear wall of the Perry Eaton Building.
Voting: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Three Rivers School. Town Meeting is at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pembroke Academy.
Along with their compatriots in nearby Stewartstown and Colebrook, voters at Town Meeting will consider a petitioned article to close town roads to all-terrain and off-highway recreational vehicles, effective May 1. They will also act on a request by the Board of Selectmen to enter into a $215,000, seven-year lease of an outfitted highway truck, to place money in several reserve accounts, and to raise and appropriate a municipal operating budget of $1,698,356. In 2018, voters appropriated $1,626,749, of which $20,877 was not spent.
Voting: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Bremer Pond Auditorium, Pittsburg School. Town Meeting follows at 7 p.m.
A proposed $9.9 million town operating budget is on the ballot along with warrant articles that include $350,000 for the second phase of construction of a public works garage and $205,000 to convert to LED street lights with a $24,000 annual payment funded through energy savings and the rest covered by a rebate incentive from the town’s energy supplier.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Pollard School.
Voters will decide whether to form a committee to explore the idea of sending high school students to Pinkerton Academy. The proposal also seeks $50,000 to study the possibility of converting the existing high school into an elementary school. Other spending proposals include a $25,300,796 school budget, a $8,760,950 town operating budget, $315,000 for road reconstruction projects, $84,025 to hire a new full-time firefighter and $53,000 to switch the town’s street lights to energy efficient LED lights.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Iber Holmes Gove Middle School.
A petition-backed warrant article, if passed, would send a request from Rindge to the Jaffrey-Rindge Cooperative School District to form a committee to study the feasibility of splitting up the two-town district. The district’s proposed operating budget is at $25,241,319. The proposed town budget is $4,053,509.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Rindge Memorial School.
A total proposed budget of $48,820,114 is up for a vote. The default budget will be $47,293,501, which is the same as last year. Over $1.9 million of the increase will come out of the unassigned fund balance as a revenue offset. The new budget would result in an increase of 31 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. Voters will also decide on a $5.35 million bond to purchase drinking water rights from Manchester Water Works ahead of the completion of the state-funded Southern NH Regional Water Project. It will ensure the town has water rights for 1.5 million gallons of drinking water per day. Another warrant article will appropriate $4.73 million in town funds for the Roadway Construction and Engineering Program. On the school side, voters will weigh in on a proposed school district budget totaling $73,379,847. The default budget is $73,299,544. The district is also seeking approval for a $4.58 million bond for the reconstruction of Salem High School’s Grant Field.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday. District 1 votes at Fisk Elementary School, District 2 at Soule Elementary School, District 3 at Barron Elementary School, District 4 at Ingram Senior Center and District 6 at North Salem Elementary School.
A warrant article seeks $10,765 to increase the annual stipend for each of the five selectmen from $2,000 to $4,000. It also covers $765 in payroll taxes. Residents will vote on a proposed $4,299,746 town operating budget and other warrant articles, including $38,000 for site work and expansion of the Center Cemetery.
Voting: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Town Hall.
Saying there has been “little to no use” of it in recent years, and despite changes in its hours of operation and the addition of a summer program, voters at Town Meeting will consider whether to close the Dennis Joos Memorial Library. Voters are also being asked to close town roads to all ATVs as of May 1 and to approve a municipal operating budget of $970,336.
Voting: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Stewartstown Community School. Town Meeting follows at 7 p.m.
The budget committee is recommending a municipal operating budget of $5,648,531. Approval for bonding $350,000 to buy land for a proposed police station is being requested, as is a $267,000 bond to pay for design work. Voters are also being asked to accept the conveyance of the town of Northfield’s one-half ownership of Island Park to the town of Tilton, contingent on Northfield’s vote to convey ownership. The island sits in the middle of the Winnipesaukee River, which separates the two communities, but is only accessible by a footbridge on the Tilton side.
Voting: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Winnisquam Regional High School. The Town Meeting deliberative session is at 8 a.m. Saturday at Winnisquam Regional High School.
Citizens will determine whether to raise and appropriate a general operating budget of $6,116,300, an increase of 1.94 percent from the 2018 operating budget of $5,997,260, which is also the default budget. Voters will also be asked whether they wish to raise and appropriate $215,000 to purchase a new and fully equipped 10-wheel plow truck.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Weare Middle School.
Residents will vote on a proposed operating budget totaling $15,034,018. The default budget is $14,504,458. If all articles pass, taxes will go up an estimated 27 cents. The current tax rate is $3.39 per $1,000 of assessed value on the town side, $23.39 with town and school combined. Voters will also have a chance to weigh in on a $2 million, 15-year bond to purchase land at London Bridge and Bear Hill roads that will be designated conservation land. The proposed school district budget totals $54,061,368. The default budget is $54,135,822. Voters will also decide on whether to spend nearly $360,000 to cover the cost for full-day kindergarten.
Voting: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Windham High School.
The proposed operating budget of $27,893,891 is up 2.03 percent from last year and will increase the municipal portion of the tax rate to $5.88 per $1,000. Voters will decide whether to allow Keno and whether to spend $150,000 to make the public restrooms at the town docks handicapped accessible. Selectmen are recommending adding $186,000 to the fire truck and equipment reserve account, $170,000 to a reserve fund for public works vehicles and equipment, and $125,000 to the waste water treatment plant capital reserve.
Voting: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Great Hall at Wolfeboro Town Hall.
Correction: A previous version of this report listed the wrong date for Meredith's Town Meeting.