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Monroe to mull truck, garage fund, at annual meeting Monday

MONROE — The second-smallest town in Massachusetts will set an annual budget, consider cemetery improvements and a new Highway Department truck chassis during an annual town meeting on Monday at 6:30 p.m., in the Town Hall.

The town operating budget request for the fiscal year that begins in July is for $247,345 — about $12,000, or 5 percent more, than this year’s budget request.

Cost for salaries and compensation for elected and appointed officials rose by about $3,000 — from $31,602 to $34,599.

Assessment for elementary and high school education will decrease, from $195,483 to $185,454 in the coming school year; also the town’s assessment from the Northern Berkshire Vocational School District will drop from $37,258 to $13,636.

Articles ask voters to approve the following purchases:

∎ $2,000 for maintenance and upgrade of office equipment.

∎ $32,000 for maintenance and repair of town roads.

∎ $20,000 for Highway Department fuel.

∎  $17,250 to pay for the Readsboro Road Culvert Repair.

“Free cash” revenue transfers are requested for the following spending requests:

∎ $25,000 for improvements at the Monroe Cemetery. $10,000 to go into the Highway Department Vehicles Stabilization Account.

∎ $30,000 to be placed into a Fire/Highway Department Municipal Building Stabilization Account, which is to be used for a future town garage/fire station.

The last four articles on the warrant ask voters to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire small land parcels formerly owned by the Monroe Bridge Holding Corp./Jeffrey Phillips for wastewater treatment facility purposes and for easements.

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