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February 04. 2014 12:10AM

Hollis voters to consider $9.1 million budget, 19 articles

HOLLIS — Hollis voters will weigh in on a variety of issues during public hearings on the town and school budgets this week.

A public hearing on the town’s proposed $9,194,270 budget and warrant articles will take place tonight at 6:30 in the community room at Town Hall.

Next year’s proposed budget represents a $576,028 decrease over the current year’s budget.

Among the 19 articles on this year’s ballot are collective bargaining agreements with the town’s police and fire and public works unions.

Further information on the two union contracts will be released tonight, as the Budget Committee meets to finalize its recommendations during the public hearing.

The 2014 town ballot also includes Article 8, the proposed purchase of a $20,000 rescue boat, and a proposal to reconstruct and pave the fire station’s parking lot to the tune of $87,000.

School spending

A public hearing on the school district’s $10,881,966 budget and warrant articles will take place Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the community room at Town Hall.

The proposed budget represents a 1.7 percent increase over the current year’s $10,699,358 budget.

Details on possible collective bargaining agreements with the town’s teachers and support staff will also be debated, with the Budget Committee to finalize its recommendations during the public hearing.

Voting on all town and school officer positions will take place on Tuesday, March 11 at the Lawrence Barn Community Center from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A second session of Hollis Town Meeting will take place Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in the Hollis Brookline Cooperative High School gymnasium, where voters will decide the fate of all warrant articles.

aguilmet@newstote.com


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