Proposed $7,587,683, $622,400, or 8.9 percent increase over this year’s budget of $6,965,283. However, because the budget includes a highway project that will be funded by the federal government, the amount to be raised by taxes is proposed at $2,285,802, $40,119, or 1.79 percent, over this year’s amount to be raised by taxes of $2,245,683.
Proposed $11,109,625, $392,401, or 3.66 percent increase over this year’s budget of $10,717,224. Budget includes increase of almost $18,000 for salaries and about $152,300 based on an increase in tuition set by Burr and Burton Academy, the independent school that serves as Manchester’s high school.
Voters will be asked in Article 27 to bond for $1.5 million to build a new community center and poolhouse at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park by Australian ballot. A related question will be voted at the floor meeting: Shall the town vote to use not more than $125,000 from the UDAG fund, … for the purpose of designing a new building at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park; provided, that this article shall be contingent upon approval of Article 27; provided further, that funds shall be available on or after April 6, 2012?
Shall the town vote to use not more than $115,000 from the UDAG fund, … for the purpose of improving the sidewalk on the north side of Main Street between 4943 Main St. and 3023 Main St., adjacent bus stop and pocket park?
Incumbent Margaret Conner is being challenged by Todd W. Nebraska for a two-year term on the School Board.
Incumbent Andrew Putney is opposed by Katy McNabb for a three-year term on the School Board.
Manchester’s municipal floor meeting, which includes the vote on the town budget, will be on March 3 at the Manchester Elementary-Middle School. The school floor meeting, also at the school, is on March 5 at 7 p.m. Candidates and the school budget will be voted by Australian ballot March 6 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the town hall.