CANAAN — Residents will be asked to reject $25,000 for a new snowplow at Saturday’s town meeting, meaning a budget nearly $15,000 less than last year’s.
The budget requests before town voters at the meeting include a request that voters approve $25,000 be put in a reserve fund for the plow truck, but the town has found a way to buy a cheaper, used truck and that article is no longer necessary, according to Selectman Dan Harriman.
The alternate purchase plan for the truck was found after the articles were recommended, which is why it’s still on the budget. The town already has $77,000 in the reserve fund.
“We’ve found a fairly good source of used plow trucks and feel confident we can get one with the $77,000,” Harriman said, adding that the used truck would come from Vermont, which auctions off its trucks after 10 years of use. “The towns of Athens, Cornville and Chesterville have all bought them and have had good luck with them.”
Harriman said that at the Town Meeting, which will be held at 9 a.m. in the elementary school, the select board will not recommend that the article asking for the money pass.
If all but Article 11 passes, there would be a $15,000 decrease in the town budget from 2013.
Some of the notable changes in the budget from last year include roughly $5,000 more for in library funding and $2,000 in summer road maintenance and a $5,000 decrease in solid waste disposal funding.