Capital Budget for FY20 to be Presented at Annual Town Meeting

By Meredith McCulloch

The Capital Budget spelled out in Article 19 of the Annual Town Meeting warrant seeks approval of 37 capital projects totaling $6,042,861 for FY20.  The list was developed through a cooperative effort by town departments working with the Capital Expenditures Committee to evaluate and rank potential projects over a six-year period.  Capital expenditures are defined for town purposes as items worth $5,000 or more and lasting for two years or more.

Current projects are diverse, ranging from election equipment to a pilot program for bus stop shelters, from carpet replacement to ballistic vests.  A full list with descriptions of the capital projects is in the Town Warrant Report that was recently mailed to each household.

Three lines in the Capital Budget will each be presented and voted as separate articles at the meeting. They call for a $4,719,735 bond authorization for an addition to the Middle School, another bond of $1,563,000 for remodeling at the High School, and  $440,058 for continued improvement to the sewer system aimed at preventing groundwater entering the system.

A handout with additional information will be available at Town Meeting. Those wishing to see it in advance may click to learn more about the Capital Plan.

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