Voters will be asked to approve a $399,570 budget, up 2.3 percent, on Saturday afternoon at the annual Industry Town Meeting.
Not included in the budget this year is the annual line item for the Fourth of July fireworks display — $3,500 was approved last year — because last year’s money is still available. Bad weather prompted cancellation of the 2013 show.
Money for the display, a fundraiser for the Fire Department, was approved last March after some residents said they felt they were paying twice for the display — in the town budget and then through the admission fee.
Volunteer firefighters put in a huge amount of time preparing, monitoring and cleaning up after the event, which draws hundreds, town officials said at last year’s meeting.
The budget also includes $1,269 for the Sandy River Recycling Association, half of what the town paid the year before, because the recycling association is dissolving formally July 1. The association has had years of budget strain and announced earlier this year it will dissolve and divide its assets among member towns.
First Selectman Lee Ireland said because there are few recycling options in Franklin County, it will take more research to find a good alternative recycling contractor.
“We don’t have an answer yet, but we’ll be evaluating that as we go on,” he said.
The Board of Selectmen also will be asking residents to approve a redrafted building setback ordinance. The former ordinance was drafted in the 1970s and the wording is confusing, making it “an unenforceable document,” Ireland said.
The new ordinance clarifies the law, reduces from 60 feet to 50 feet the distance new buildings have to be set back from a road and adds an appeals process, he said.
The selectmen also are recommending voters give selectmen approval to shop for a new plow truck. The article, if approved, would let selectmen buy a 2013 or newer truck as long as yearly payments total less than $20,000 and the down payment is less than $50,000.
Selectman Rob Geisser said the truck would replace a plow they bought 15 years ago that is in need of replacement.
“And it was used when we bought it,” he said. “And they take a pounding.”
Selectmen paid off another of the town’s plows, a 2009 model, in January after five years of payments; and Geisser said the board will ask voters Saturday to continue the cycle of replacing the trucks one at a time.
There is only one selectmen’s seat up for election, for which Ireland is running unopposed. Voting is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Town Hall, and the warrant will be voted on at 2 p.m.
There are 702 registered voters in Industry, which has a population of 929. The property tax rate for 2013 was $14.90 per $1,000 of valuation, or $1,490 for a house valued at $100,000.
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