Waterford Town Meeting is Saturday

WATERFORD — Waterford voters will act on a 61-article warrant and a $1.127 million municipal budget at their town meeting this Saturday, March 5 at the Waterford Municipal Building.

“We’re looking at a three percent or more increase in spending over last year,” said Selectman Richard Hunt. The $1,127,675 municipal budget, when combined with county and school assessments, results in a total budget of $2.954 million.

The town budget does not include any money this year to go toward a townwide revaluation. The town currently has saved $27,899 toward the revaluation, to be held at a later date.

Voters will be asked to raise $150,000 for roads this year, with $85,306 coming from taxes and the balance coming from state road funds. Repair of roads and bridges would get $121,800 under the local budget this year.

Selectmen are recommending that $45,000 be raised for the Waterford Fire Department and $26,024 for the Stoneham Rescue Service. The amount of $8,390 has been budgeted for future improvements to the municipal garage.

One of the biggest expenses is for operation of the transfer station, with Waterford voters contributing $111,475 of the proposed $171,500 transfer station budget, and the towns of Albany and Stoneham sharing the balance of the costs.

Voters will also be asked to approve $175,000 for the care of winter roads, and to buy a new plow truck for $147,000. The amount of $13,000 has also been budgeted to repair the town’s 1995 plow truck.

The day before town meeting, voters will also elect a selectman and member of the SAD 17 Board of Directors, as well as road commissioner. All positions are for three-year terms.

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