Monroe OKs all town meeting articles

  • Town of Monroe town Hall and Library. PAUL FRANZ

Recorder Staff
Published: 7/2/2018 5:43:50 PM

MONROE — In this town of 119 residents and 72 registered voters, all that’s needed for a town meeting quorum is five. That’s what annual Town Meeting voters recently agreed to, and it reduces the quorum requirement for town meetings, which had been 14 voters.

This measure was among all 35 that were approved on the June 25 warrant.

Voters supported a five-year lease to buy a John Deere tractor with a mower for $130,000, using $26,000 from the town’s “free cash” reserve funds for the first annual payment. Townspeople agreed to spend free-cash sums to cover $30,000 on repairs and improvements to Town Hall and $139,233 to reclaim and black-top about 1½ miles of Main Road. Free cash, which is unspent money from the past budget year, was used to pay $71,622 on the principal and interest on a USDA wastewater disposal loan/grant for rural communities.

Voters supported a town budget of $340,126 — a nearly 7 percent increase over the previous fiscal year’s budget of $318,105.

School costs rose to $237,429 — about 17 percent — over this year’s $201,396 operating assessment for the North Berkshire School Union. The town spent $47,293 for its share of operating expenses in the Northern Berkshire Vocational School District.


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