MOSCOW — Voters at the annual Town Meeting on Monday will be asked to take a little more money from surplus this year and pay a little less money in taxes.

First Selectman Donald Beane said there is one contested race on the voting ballot. Veteran school board member Pauline LaGasse is challenged by Gary McLaughlin for a three-year term.

Voting on the 59-article spending warrant is set for 7 p.m. at the elementary school, and polls for town elections are open 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday at Town Hall.

Beane said the proposed municipal budget for this year will come in at $315,788, slightly less than the $330,946 appropriated at last year’s annual Town Meeting. He said the municipal budget is not expected to affect the current property tax rate of $17.50 for every $1,000 in assessed value, but it is too early to know what will happen with the school budget, the county tax and state revenue sharing.

“The town budget is not that much different than last year’s,” Beane said.

He said voters will be asked to take $156,948 from surplus this year. Last year residents voted to take $115,344 from surplus.

Top spending articles on Monday’s business warrant will include raising $30,000 for the maintenance of town roads and bridges, $81,000 for snow removal and sanding and $47,805 for the transfer station account. Voters will be asked to raise $44,000 to pay all town officials and $41,088 for Moscow’s contribution to the Ambulance Service. The town raised $52,282 for the Ambulance Service last year.

Residents also will be asked to take $20,640 from block grant funding and $43,000 from surplus to resurface part of Stream Road.

Proposals to take money from surplus for Crisis and Counseling Centers and for the Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Center are not recommended on the warrant.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367
[email protected]


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