Town Moves Warrant to Feb. 6 Deliberative Session

The Town Council voted at its Monday meeting to move to Deliberative Session the Town’s proposed operating budget and a number of additional warrant articles and citizen’s petitions.

The Town’s Deliberative Session is to be held Feb. 6 at 9 a.m. in the Londonderry High School cafeteria.

If the entire FY17 Warrant were to pass as proposed, the tax rate impact would be $5.04 per thousand, which includes veterans’ exemptions, according to Finance Director Doug Smith.

That’s because all the warrant articles, with the exception of the operating budget and Article 14, are to be funded with Fund Balance, Smith said.

The Warrant as it has been moved to Deliberative Session is as follows:

Article 1 is election of Town officers.

Article 2 would raise and appropriate $210,000 to be placed in the Town’s Expendable Maintenance Trust Fund, with funds to come from the June 30 Fund Balance. The article has no tax rate impact. The Council voted 5-0 to move Article 2 to Deliberative Session and to recommend the Article.

Article 3 would raise and appropriate $29,591,028 as the Town’s operating budget, not including appropriations by special warrant articles and other appropriations voted separately. If the article is defeated, the default budget is $29,594,363. If passed, the article will require the Town to raise $17,924,670 in property taxes, resulting in a tax rate impact of $4.87 based upon projected assessed values. The Council voted 5-0 to move Article 3 to Deliberative Session and to recommend the Article.

Article 4 would raise and appropriate $494,678 to fund Police Outside Details, to come from the Police Outside Detail Special Revenue Fund. The services are funded through user fees and the Article would have no tax rate impact. The Council voted 5-0 to move Article 4 to Deliberative Session and to recommend the Article.

Article 5 would raise and appropriate $6,307,524 to defray the cost of construction, payment of the interest on any debt incurred, management, maintenance, operation and repair of constructed sewer systems. The fund will not accumulate from year to year and will not be commingled with town tax revenues, and the fund will be deemed part of the municipality’s general fund accumulated surplus, in accordance with RSA 149-I. The services are funded through user fees and have no tax rate impact. The Council voted 5-0 to move Article 5 to Deliberative Session and to recommend the Article.

Article 6 would raise and appropriate $38,000 to resurface the Town’s basketball and tennis courts on Nelson Road, with funds to come from the June 30 unassigned fund balance. The Article would have no tax rate impact. The Council voted 5-0 to move Article 6 to Deliberative Session and to recommend the Article.

Article 7 would raise and appropriate $650,000 to be placed in the Roadway Maintenance Expendable Trust Fund, with funds to come from the June 30 Unassigned Fund Balance. The Article would have no tax rate impact. The Council voted 5-0 to move Article 7 to Deliberative Session and to recommend the Article.

Article 8 would raise and appropriate $350,000 for improvements to the Londonderry Senior Center, with funds to come from the June 30 Unassigned Fund Balance. The Article has no tax rate impact. The Council voted 5-0 to move Article 8 to Deliberative Session and to recommend the Article.

Article 9 would raise and appropriate $724,000 to be placed in the following capital reserve funds: Highway Trucks, $50,000; Highway Heavy Equipment, $30,000; Fire Equipment, $149,000; Fire Trucks, $380,000; Pillsbury Cemetery Expansion, $75,000; and GIS (Geographic Information System), $40,000. The funds are to come from the June 30 Undesignated Fund Balance and the Article would have no tax rate impact. The Council voted 5-0 to move Article 9 to Deliberative Session and to recommend the Article.

Article 10 would raise and appropriate $350,000 to expand the Route 102 sewer system from Home Depot to the intersection of Mammoth Road, with funds to come from the June 30 Unassigned Fund Balance. The Council voted 5-0 to move Article 10 to Deliberative Session and to recommend the Article.

Article 11 would place annually not more than $100,000 from the Land Use Change Tax in the Conservation Fund, with the balance to be placed in the General Fund; currently, the first $100,000 from the Land Use Change Tax and 40 percent of the remainder of the revenues received from the Land Use Change Tax are placed in the Conservation Fund. The change would be effective April 1, 2016. The Article has no tax rate impact. The Council voted 5-0 to move Article 11 to Deliberative Session and to recommend the Article.

Article 12 would authorize the transfer of all supervision, management duties and responsibilities of the land surrounding the Town Common and fronting on Mammoth and Pillsbury roads, which is sometimes referred to as the “Town Forest,” from the Conservation Commission to the Town Manager, with the advice and recommendations from the Historic District/Heritage Commission, Conservation Commission and Town Council. The Article has no tax rate impact. The Council voted 5-0 to move Article 12 to Deliberative Session and to recommend the Article with a 5-0 vote.

Article 13 would raise and appropriate $50,000 to establish an addiction and counseling program for families in need, with the funds to come from the June 30 Fund Balance and to be placed in the general fund. The Council voted 5-0 to move Article 13 to Deliberative Session and to recommend the Article.

Article 14 is a citizen’s petition to raise and appropriate $50,000 to reestablish the Family Mediation Program for Londonderry families in need. The Town Council voted 5-0 to move Article 14 to Deliberative Session, but voted against the Article 0-5 vote (see story page 1). The petitioner, School Board member John Laferriere, told the Council he plans to propose defunding the article with an amendment at Deliberative Session.

Article 15 is a citizen’s petition to recommend the Town Council propose an amendment to the Town Charter to set term limits on all non-land use boards, non binding on the Town Council. The Article has no tax rate impact. The Council voted 5-0 to move Article 15 to Deliberative Session, but voted against the Article 1-4 (see story page 1). Councilor Joe Green voted to recommend the Article.

Articles 16-21 would authorize the Town Council to call one special meeting, at its option, to address cost items included in a collective bargaining agreement between the Town of Londonderry and Londonderry Administrative Executive Association – Public Safety, should a collective bargaining agreement be reached between the Town and Londonderry Administrative Executive Association – Public Safety. The Town Council voted 5-0 to move the Articles to Deliberative Session and to recommend the Articles.

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