Erving Town Meeting to take up $4.4M budget 

Staff Writer
Published: 4/30/2019 5:00:45 PM

ERVING — Twenty-three articles are on the Annual Town Meeting Warrant, including a $4.4 million operating budget, funding for the Franklin County Technical School as well as Gill-Montague School District and Erving Elementary School.

The meeting will be held tonight (Wednesday), 7 p.m. at Erving Elementary School.

This year’s budget does not include a cost-of-living adjustment to non-unionized employees, according to the Selectboard.

“This decision was made because the town is currently engaged in a study to review all non-union jobs, classifications and the compensation schedule,” states the budget letter from the Selectboard. “The board and the Finance Committee have agreed to review the findings in May and recommend compensation adjustments at the June 2019 Special Town Meeting.”

Budgets

The proposed general operating budget for the 2020 fiscal year is about $4.4 million, an increase of 10 percent from the present fiscal year.

General government and benefits are the two largest items at $908,431 and $1,680368.

Erving Elementary School’s budget is proposed to increase from about $3 million to about $3.2 million, a rise of 3.4 percent.

The proposed budget for the 2020 fiscal year secondary education funding is the same as this year at about $1.3 million.

This funding is based on an estimate of the number of Erving students in grades seven through 12 who may attend the Gill-Montague School District for the coming year, according to the warrant.

Erving’s proposed budget for the Franklin County Technical School is about $580,000 which is a 6.7 percent increase. Last fiscal year, the town allocated about $544,000.

Capital improvements

There are a total of $431,400 of capital improvements, some of which are recurring requests that appear annually for the town to “maintain a consistent investment while other capital requests are one time requests," according to the warrant.

The present fiscal year had a total of $351,500 in capital improvements.

Proposed improvements include a $22,250 street light expansion project, classroom furniture for Erving Elementary School for $20,000 and $200,000 for roadwork/sidewalk repairs and replacement.

Other articles

Voters will decide whether to appropriate $35,000 from the Water Enterprise Fund Retained Earnings for the installation of an emergency generator and associated work at the Ervingside Well house.

Another article proposes an appropriation of $45,000 to purchase a 2019 Ford 250 and associated equipment for the Wastewater Department from the Wastewater Enterprise Fund Retained Earnings.

Voters will decide whether to authorize a five-year contract for school transportation services with F. M. Kuzmeskus. 

Reach Melina Bourdeau at mbourdeau@recorder.com or 413-772-0261 ext. 263.




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