• Town Meeting Preview: Roxbury
    February 23,2013
     

    ROXBURY



    Town budget

    $175,701 — down $45,019 from last year’s Irene-inflated budget of $220,720.



    Highway budget

    $443,495 — a $27,082 increase from last year’s budget of $416,413, reflecting the expense of repairing vehicles and an increase in the cost of benefits.



    School budget

    $1,419,776 — a $160,758, or 10.17 percent, decrease from last year’s budget of $1,580,534. According to Washington South Superintendent Laurie Gossens, the budget projection is a closer reflection of expenditures after significant surpluses in past years. The school is also asking voters to decide whether 3-year-olds can be included in the Roxbury Village School preschool program. Gossens said there are no additional costs associated with allowing 3-year-olds to attend the program, which runs four days a week.



    Special articles

    To see if the town will borrow a sum not to exceed $96,000 for the purchase of property owned by Charles and Kristi Garner. The property is situated between the town office and the fire station. If approved, the funds would be repaid over 10 years.

    To see if the town will borrow a sum not to exceed $28,000 to partially fill in the Town Office basement and pour a concrete slab.

    To see if voters will approve the sum of $20,000 for the Roxbury Volunteer Fire Department Truck Capital Account, double the amount of last year’s appropriation.

    To see if voters will approve the sum of $19,680 for the Roxbury Volunteer Fire Department, a $1,285 increase from last year.



    Contested races

    Current Select Board Chairman Shawn Neun is facing challenger Tim Martin Jr. for a three-year term on the Select Board.

    Clarence Baker is facing A. David Santi in the annual race for first constable.

    Santi is also squaring off against Ryan Zajac for a three-year seat on the school board to fill a vacancy left by David Larcombe.



    Meeting location

    Roxbury residents will meet at the Roxbury Town Hall (the Village School) at 10 a.m. on March 5. Election of officers and voting on Article 6 — the purchase of the Garner property — will take place by Australian ballot from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.

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