Ballot Items

There are 4 articles to be voted on by ballot this year:
  • Town general fund operating budget
  • Reauthorization of the Capital Transportation Plan Fund
  • Reauthorization of the Park Capital Plan Fund
  • Authorization of a Public Safety Capital Plan Fund
Town Budget (Article 14)
We are proposing a 1.2% budget increase to maintain our same level of services. Additionally, another 1.2% increase will provide an additional public safety dispatcher (funded in part by the Town of Milton); additional police overtime of $25,653; an increase of $45,648 to support our volunteer fire departments; and $23,684 in mandated State stormwater costs. These proposed additions result in a 2.4% budget increase overall; however, we will be continuing a three year trend of lower tax rate increases for another year. You can find more information here.

Capital Plan and Reserve Funding Authorizations
A capital plan is a tool for the future planning and construction of non-recurring capital projects. Such a plan:
  • Provides reliable funding for multi-year capital projects
  • Avoids interest expense on debt
  • Evens out the tax burden over many years
  • Gives the Town an advantage in grant procurement
  • Reduces overall costs for taxpayers by investing in improvements before they are more costly to repair

You can find more detailed information about the capital plans here. (PDF)

Reauthorization of the Capital Transportation Plan Fund (Article 15)
The Capital Transportation Plan was approved in 1993 and has been re-authorized by voters three separate times. This fund pays for paving, roadway repair, bridge replacement, pedestrian improvements, sidewalks, paths, safety improvements, and stormwater and drainage projects to improve water quality.

Reauthorization of the Park Capital Plan Fund (Article 16)
The Park Capital Plan was approved in 2001 and has been re-authorized by voters two separate times. The fund pays for athletic fields, playground equipment, tennis courts, basketball courts, skateboard parks, park paths and trails, open space, and parking and buildings such as picnic pavilions.

Authorization of a Public Safety Capital Plan Fund (Article 17)
The items currently funded in the Town’s operating budget that will move to a Public Safety Capital Plan and include:
  • Police boat & motors
  • Technical rescue equipment: air tanks, air packs, inflatable boats, search camera, harnesses, swiftwater suits, and communications equipment
  • Rescue equipment: powercots, stair chairs, cardiac monitors/defibrillators, and radio equipment