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Montague town meeting tonight

Members to be asked to shrink finance panel

TURNERS FALLS — Town meeting members today will be asked to shrink the Finance Committee and authorize a number of financial requests.

The Finance Committee recently acquired a fifth member, raising it to the minimum required for the nine-seat body to vote.

The proposed change would set membership at three to seven, reducing the quorum to between two and four members, making it easier for the board to conduct business.

Finance Committee members have complained of the difficulty in scheduling meetings that all members can attend.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the Turners Falls High School theater.

Also among the 19 items on the agenda:

■ $17,200 to pay off the amount owed on a John Deere loader.

■ $100,000 into the town stabilization or savings fund.

■ $24,500 to increase the police budget for the current fiscal year.

■ $30,000 to increase the veterans’ benefits budget for the current fiscal year.

■ $17,500 to increase the legal expense budget for the current fiscal year.

■ $11,000 to increase the emergency dispatch budget for the current fiscal year.

You can reach Chris Curtis at:
ccurtis@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261 ext. 257.

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