Chesterfield to vote on $3.5M budget

For the Gazette
Friday, May 05, 2017

CHESTERFIELD — A new veterans park and a small dump truck are among the purchases voters on Monday will consider as they approve or decline a $3,538,547 budget for Fiscal Year 2018.

This will also include an education budget request for $1,892,251.

Finance Committee Chairman Lee Manchester said that the FY2018 operating budget is up by $143,513 over FY2017’s, which was $3,395,034.

Manchester said that the only purchase on the warrant this year is an article asking voters to authorize the town to borrow $85,000 for a period of five years or less to buy of a small dump truck for the Highway Department.

“It will just be a small Ford 550 type truck,” Manchester said. “We don’t need another big dump truck because we bought one last year for $200,000.”

The truck will replace the Highway Department’s existing 2012 Ford F550.

Voters will also be asked to raise and appropriate $30,000 for the Future Land Acquisition Stabilization Fund, $80,000 for the Capital Projects Stabilization Fund, and $32,000 for the School Building Maintenance Stabilization Fund

Manchester said the rest of the warrant this year is pretty standard with “nothing controversial.”

An article for funding a newly designed veterans park, to be installed adjacent to the Town Hall, will also appear on the warrant. Residents will be asked to consider transferring $34,430 from free cash to fund the construction of the 7,000 sq. ft. park, which will feature Goshen stone sidewalks, walkways with stone seating walls and wooden benches and will be handicapped accessible.

The meeting will take place on Monday, May 8, at the Town Hall at 7 p.m.