Town Meeting Warrant Articles

It’s time to do your homework in preparation for casting your ballot.  Will get names of who has filed for the town vacancies next week. Heaven forbid, but if you have friends who don’t read The Walpolean you might want to mention to them that they can find the necessary information here! – Lil

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

TOWN OF WALPOLE

Town Meeting – March 18, 2017

 

 

To the Inhabitants of the Town of Walpole qualified to vote in Town Affairs:

 

You are hereby notified to meet at the Town Hall, 34 Elm Street, Town of Walpole, on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 8:00 A.M. to act on ARTICLES 1 –13.  Article 1 and 2 will be voted on at the polls.  Polls at the Walpole Town Hall and at North Walpole St. Peter’s Church will be open at 8:00 A.M., and will remain open until 7:00 P.M.   Following the closing of the polls and counting of the ballots, the meeting will be adjourned until Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 1:00 P.M., at the Walpole Town Hall on Elm Street, at which time the balance of the Articles will be acted upon.

 

ARTICLE 1:  To elect the necessary Town officers for their respective terms.

 

ARTICLE 2:  Are you in favor of the adoption of a Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit zoning ordinance as proposed by the Walpole Planning Board for the Town of Walpole’s Zoning Ordinance as follows:

One Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit shall be allowed in all zoning districts that permit single family dwellings. There will be no change frontage or setback requirements. Minimum lot size is dependent on the zoning district. A maximum of 900 square feet of space is allowed with no more than 3 bedrooms. The detached unit must be within 150’ of primary house. Occupancy is limited to family members or 2 unrelated individuals. The DADU must meet all state regulations and the Town of Walpole’s Zoning Ordinances.

(Note: A copy of this proposal will be posted at the polls. A copy of this proposal can be obtained at the Selectboard Office during regular business hours)

The Planning Board recommends this article. (6 Yes, 0 No)

 

ARTICLE 3:  To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Selectboard to enter into a long term lease/purchase agreement in the amount of two hundred twenty-seven thousand four hundred forty-seven dollars and seventy-two cents ($227,447.72) payable over a term of thirty-eight months in four equal payments, for a new John Deere loader for the highway department and to raise and appropriate the sum of fifty-six thousand, eight hundred sixty-two dollars and sixty-eight cents ($56,862.68) for the first year’s payment for that purpose.

**2/3 ballot vote required**

The Selectboard recommends this article. (3 Yes, 0 No)

 

ARTICLE 4: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of four million two hundred nineteen thousand three hundred five dollars ($4,219,305) which represents the three million seven hundred twenty nine thousand five hundred ninety five dollars ($3,729,595) Town Operating Budget of which one hundred thirty thousand dollars ($130,000) to come from the Unassigned Fund Balance and three million five hundred ninety nine thousand five hundred ninety five dollars ($3,599,595) to be raised from general taxation, one hundred eighty two thousand one hundred thirty dollars ($182,130) for the Water Fund Operating Budget and three hundred seven thousand five hundred eighty dollars ($307,580) for the Sewer Operating Budget for the general government of the Town. Such sum does not include special or individual articles or bonds as otherwise found in the warrant.

The Selectboard recommends this article. (3 Yes, 0 No)

 

ARTICLE 5:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of seventy thousand dollars ($70,000) for the repairs and maintenance of Town buildings. The said funds to come from Unassigned Fund Balance.

The Selectboard recommends this article. (3 Yes, 0 No)

 

ARTICLE 6:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of seventy-seven thousand dollars ($77,000) to purchase a (used) New Holland Tractor/Side Mower for use by the Walpole Highway Department for roadside mowing. (Funds to be raised through general taxation)

The Selectboard recommends this article. (3 Yes, 0 No)

 

ARTICLE 7:  To see if the Town of Walpole will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $31,950 for a vehicle for the Walpole Police Department, and to authorize the issuance of not more than $31,950 through a promissory note with the Savings Bank of Walpole in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Finance Act (RSA 33) and to authorize the municipal officials to issue and negotiate such bonds or notes and to determine the rate of interest thereon. Further to raise and appropriate the sum of ten thousand nine hundred seventy five ($10,975) for the first year’s payment.

**2/3 ballot vote required**

The Selectboard recommends this article. (3 Yes, 0 No)

 

ARTICLE 8:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000) to purchase a cage, console, other necessary equipment and installation in the new police car. This article is contingent upon the passing of warrant article 7.

The Selectboard recommends this article (3 Yes, 0 No)

 

ARTICLE 9:   To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000) to be deposited in the Town of Walpole Highway – Capitol Reserve Fund Account previously established for the purchase of highway equipment. The said funds to be raised through general taxation

The Selectboard recommends this article. (3 Yes, 0 No)

 

ARTICLE 10:  To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of seven thousand dollars ($7,000) to be deposited in the Police Vehicle – Capitol Reserve Fund Account previously established for the purchase of a police vehicle.  The said funds to be raised through general taxation.

The Selectboard recommends this article. (3 Yes, 0 No)

 

ARTICLE 11:  To see if the Town will vote to modify the elderly exemptions from property tax, based on assessed value, for qualified taxpayers, to be as follows:  for a person 65 years of age up to 75 years,  $25,000; for a person 75 years to 80 years, $40,000; for a person 80 years of age or older $50,000. To qualify, the person must have resided in this state for at least 3 consecutive years preceding April 1 in the year in which the exemption is claimed, own real estate individually or jointly, or if the real estate owned by such person’s spouse, they must have been married for at least five years. In addition the taxpayer must have net income of not more than $25,000, or if married a combined net income of less than $40,000; and own net assets not in excess of $75,000 excluding the value of the person’ residence.

The Selectboard recommends this article. (3 Yes, 0 No)

 

ARTICLE 12: To see if the Town will vote to adopt the provisions of RSA 72:28-b, All Veterans’ Tax Credit. If adopted, the credit will be available to any resident, or the spouse or surviving spouse of any resident, who (1) served not less than 90 days on active service in the armed forces of the United States and (2) was honorably discharged or an officer honorably separated from service and is not eligible for or receiving a credit under RSA 72:28 or RSA 72:35. If adopted, the credit granted will be $500.00, the same amount as the standard or optional veterans’ tax credit voted by the Town under RSA 72:28.

The Selectboard recommends this article. (3 Yes, 0 No)

 

ARTICLE 13:  To transact any other business that may legally come before the meeting.

 

Given under our hand and seal this 9th day of February the year of our Lord, Two Thousand Seventeen.

 

Walpole Selectboard

 

Steven Dalessio, Chair                        Peggy L. Pschirrer                         Whitney R. Aldrich

One thought on “Town Meeting Warrant Articles

  1. John Lahman 02/11/2017 at 9:59 AM Reply

    A vote for article 3 seems not thought out. Depending on the HP, one can BUY such implement in good condition for under $75,000. I am thinking of retiring to Walpole and am concerned about the throwing about of good money as it relates to my taxes.

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