CHINA — When selectmen realized they were quibbling over $100, they laughed at themselves.

That amount is not going to affect the town’s tax rate, board member Paul MacDonald pointed out during a meeting Monday night.

Nor would it affect a social service agency whose request selectmen were considering as they reviewed the list of funding requests to submit to voters at the March 24 town meeting.

A review committee, on which four of the five selectmen serve, had already discussed agency requests twice.

Ultimately, selectmen agreed to a total of $14,071, which is $100 more than the review committee recommended. Some of the 15 agencies on the list are recommended to receive no funding, others for their full request and still others for an amount less than requested.

Approval from the select board was unanimous but reluctant, as board members disagreed on several agencies, some wanting less or no funding and some wanting more. Board members then voted to delete an article requesting a $2,500 contribution for The Town Line newspaper. They approved the entire 36-article meeting warrant to be forwarded to the Budget Committee.

Town Manager Daniel L’Heureux said the Budget Committee is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday to make its recommendations to voters.

The much-debated appropriation for social service agencies is one of the smaller items voters will decide when they assemble at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 24, to act on the town’s 2012-13 budget and various policy issues.

Major money requests, as usual, are for roads, town administration and solid waste disposal. The warrant does not include any major new expenditures or policy changes.

L’Heureux said a quorum of 122 registered voters is needed to open the town meeting.

In other business Monday, selectmen endorsed Kyle Pierce’s plan to revive the town’s economic and community development committee. Board Chairman Peter Foote said if Pierce will bring a list of volunteers for the committee, selectmen will appoint them.


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