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Warwick approves $1.93 million budget

WARWICK — The 250th annual town meeting began and ended with little debate Monday night as 51 residents approved a $1.93 million budget for next year.

The budget reflects a $71,753 or 4 percent increase over the current budget year, which ends June 30.

With no discussion, the townspeople unanimously approved their $693,023 share of the Pioneer Valley Regional School budget. The town’s share jumped $26,665 or 3.8 percent.

The total school budget for Pioneer Valley’s four feeder towns — Warwick, Bernardston, Northfield and Leyden — is $14.3 million, up 5.79 percent from this year.

The school committee is waiting for state aid figures to determine definitive town assessments, but it promised no town would see more than a 4 percent jump.

The small rural town will also pay its $3,285 share of school capital projects and $4,500 for capital projects at the district’s central office. School improvement projects include a $15,000 security upgrade to the front entrance, $5,000 for a state mandated faucet hydrant and $8,500 for a backup well water pump to ensure the school has a continuous water supply.

Total education spending is $865,152 or an increase of $44,887 or 5.2 percent more than the current school year.

The town approved three measures to take money from different accounts to reduce next year’s tax levy. The total amount allocated was $160,227.

Townspeople also approved $25,778 to recoup investment losses from the library, scholarship and cemetery trust fund accounts.

Other approved budget items include $92,000 for the broadband enterprise fund and $3,237 for the town transfer station.

The town also approved one bylaw change giving the highway boss the authority to order town roads closed to vehicles rated at more than 5 tons to prevent road damage during the winter and spring, from Feb. 1 to May 15. Violators would be subject to a $300 fine.

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