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Cummington Town Meeting to consider $2.3 million budget

— This Friday, voters will be asked to consider a proposed budget of $2,300,500, the lion’s share of which will go to funding education, with $1,134,704 being allocated for the school and library.

“The budget for the school and library is up $50,000 from last year” said Finance Committee Chairman Dennis Forgea.

According to Forgea, the proposed fiscal 2014 budget includes $1,080,881 for funding the general town government.

“We also have some capital items that we are hoping to fund,” Forgea said. “We hope to get $50,000 for the closure of our landfill and $20,000 for a new trash compactor.”

In addition, residents will be asked to approve $17,500 for continued repairs to the Old Town Shed, and $7,000 for maintenance at the Community House, which would include plastering and painting walls in the library, Select Board office and foyer.

Two articles on the 26-article warrant will ask voters to approve the leasing of heavy equipment for the town. The first article will request $29,746 for the five-year lease of a John Deere cab tractor and an Allied U.S. Mower; the second article asks for $3,446, which would be used to lease a John Deere brush tractor/mower.

Voters will also have the opportunity to authorize the Select Board to enter into agreements that would allow the town to purchase renewable energy and/or net metering credits, including solar energy and related net metering credits.

The annual Town Meeting will be held on Friday at the Community House on 33 Main St., starting at 7 p.m.

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