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Gill voters get chance  to undo some budget cuts

GILL — The focus of Monday’s special town meeting will be unfinished business, with sums requested to supplement budgets level-funded in July.

The budget requests presented to voters at the last meeting included a number of cuts in an attempt to pass a level-funded budget, with the board of selectmen promising to revisit the budget later in the year.

Last-minute cuts totalled $13,940, representing increases requested by town departments to step up road maintenance, remove storm-damaged trees, mow the cemeteries and increase the library’s hours.

All but the highway department’s request are provided for in the new budget requests.

“They got a little bit of relief by bumping up the tree and forestry budget,” said Town Administrative Assistant Ray Purington.“We found out there had been some overflow from tree and forestry expenses into the highway budget in previous years.”

The increase to the forestry budget will therefore free up highway money, according to Purington.

Voters will be asked to approve an additional $3,000 for trees and forestry, doubling the existing budget, $1,905 to keep the library open four hours longer each week until the next budget season, $928 to cover raises for the two librarians, and $400 for the cemetery commission to keep pace with lawn care costs.

The $6,233 total is to be raised from taxation.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Town Hall.

Also on the agenda:

∎ $4,754 through taxation for the town stabilization or savings fund and transfer in $3,321 from the solid waste district budget.

∎ $90 toward a cost of living adjustment for the town clerk and tax collector/treasurer.

∎ Establish a revolving fund to collect and spend trash and recycling revenue.

∎ Rescind old spending authority to pay interest on an energy bond, and new authority to spend $6,659 for the same purpose in a new article.

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

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