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March 13. 2013 10:50PM

Dunbarton voters approve all warrant articles at meeting

DUNBARTON - Dunbarton voters passed all warrant articles Tuesday, including an operating budget of $2 million.

About 625 voters turned out for the meeting, or 31 percent of those registered, said Les Hammond, Board of Selectmen chairman.

"There were a lot of young people, a lot of new voters," he said. "It was wonderful to see."

Three thousand dollars was added to the operating budget of $2,068,430 for cemeteries, and combined with a 6-cent increase for funding for the Dunbarton Town Hall and theatre restoration project, voters will see 29 cents added to the tax rate, or about $64 to the tax bill of a home valued at $220,000.

Hammond said Article 9, which sought to raise $25,000 for the town hall project, generated some discussion, but voters ultimately approved it.

Tiffany Dodd, chairman of the committee heading up the project, has said the building is a town asset and should be taken care of.

In Article 4, voters approved an expenditure of $36,000 for a new police cruiser. Of the total, $6,098 will come from the Police Special Detail Revolving Fund and the remainder will come from the town's fund balance.

Voters approved adding $10,000 to the capital reserve fund for future re-valuation of the town in Article 5, as well as Article 6, which asked for $25,000 for the future purchase of highway department vehicles.

Article 7 set aside $12,150 for milfoil control at Gorham Pond, which will be partially funded by a grant from the state Department of Environmental Services. The remainder will be taken from the town's fund balance.

Article 8 asked residents to approve the formation of a committee for the town's 250th anniversary celebration, and to set aside $1,000 for a celebration.

Dunbarton celebrates its 250th anniversary in 2015.

Dunbarton School District Meeting takes place Saturday, March 16, at 1 p.m., at Dunbarton Elementary School.

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