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Rowe holds annual meeting Monday

ROWE — The town budget, a town licensing restriction for delinquent taxpayers and a wind turbine moratorium are among the articles to be considered by annual town meeting voters on Monday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Fire Station.

The town is also to consider whether to make the positions of town treasurer and tax collector appointed positions rather than elected ones.

The budget request for the coming fiscal year, in this town of 400 people, is:

∎ General government spending, $403,733

∎ Public works and facilities, $548,298

∎ Public safety, $102,222

∎ Public health and sanitation, $128,257

Proposed spending for education is $1.4 million. That includes $984,745 for the town’s kindergarten through Grade 6 students and $434,399 for 31 students at the Mohawk and Franklin County Technical high schools.

Spending for the town library is $65,693 and costs for management of Pelham Lake Park are $104,171.

The town is to vote on whether to accept a state law called the “Licensing Restriction Bylaw,” which gives the town the right to deny, revoke or suspend town-issued licenses or permits to businesses or residents who are at least a year behind in paying taxes, and who have made no arrangements for payment. The rule says the tax collector would give each town board and department a list of those who have neglected or refused to pay taxes. The permits could again be issued when the person or business has worked out a payment agreement.

A citizens’ petition article asks the town to adopt a moratorium on all large-scale, electricity-generating wind turbines until July 1, 2014, to give the town time to develop wind turbine siting bylaws “in a manner consistent with sound land use planning goals and objectives.” The moratorium would prohibit the building of systems that can generate more than 35 kilowatts of power, until the moratorium expires.

The town proposes spending $220,000 from its capital stabilization fund for a new Mack dump truck and sander for the Department of Public Works.

You can reach Diane Broncaccio at:
or 413-772-0261, ext. 277

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