Final step for EMS on Deerfield warrant
SOUTH DEERFIELD — At Monday’s annual town meeting , townspeople will be asked to support a $14,448,410 budget for next year.
Townspeople will be asked to spend $924,223 more than the current year and weigh in on 31 articles. The town meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Frontier Regional School auditorium.
While many of the items to be voted on are routine, much of the political drama occurred during the weeks leading up to the meeting.
The town had faced roughly a $200,000 deficit. It has plugged the budget hole with reductions to the school budget, transfers within the highway budgets, decreases and by drawing on surplus last week.
The town will use $489,398 of surplus to balance its budget.
First EMS payment due
With the South County Emergency Medical Service expected to launch July 1, the town will be asked to make its first full-year payment to the regional paramedic service.
It would be asked to raise and appropriate $387,999 and add that sum to a new South County Emergency Medical Service enterprise fund to meet the town’s share of next year’s costs.
Notably, as the fiscal agent for the new regional paramedic ambulance, the town would be asked to establish the South County Emergency Medical Service as an enterprise fund.
As an enterprise fund, the regional ambulance revenues and expenses would be separate from all other governmental activities.
The vote would be the final major step in setting up the financing of the ambulance service.
The Deerfield Elementary School Committee is asking the town to spend $96,559 more than this year’s budget. The budget request is $4,242,742.
The budget increased due to $149,046 more in raises, $25,000 for the town’s share of an early childhood teacher, $18,600 for support services for both sight- and hearing-impaired students and $131,683 in operations.
Cuts included two aides, a library assistant, a psychology position and a special needs nurse.
The town’s portion of the Frontier Regional School budget is $3,272,097. Deerfield’s share would increase by $192,363, or 6.25 percent.
Townspeople would be asked to approve $50,000 from the transfer station account to the highway account to cover a shortage due in the snow removal budget. The transfer would indirectly help offset the budget deficit.
The town will be asked to authorize the board of trustees of the Tilton Library to proceed with a feasibility study to examine the options for expanding and renovating the current building or building new. After that, it would be asked to grant the trustees the authority to apply for any state grants for the project.
The town will be asked to approve:
∎ $62,500 for group insurance
∎ $20,000 for an unfunded liability sick leave and vacation account
∎ $80,000 for the reserve fund of the town to cover unforeseen expenditures.
∎ $21,500 to fund mandated triennial recertification updates.
∎ $54,424 for its share of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments.
∎ $107,600 to fund the tuition and transportation costs for two students attending Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School.
∎ $40,255 for the purchase of financial management software for the treasurer/collector’s office.
You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at: email@example.com or 413-772-0261 ext. 268. or @RecorderKatMcK.