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Londonderry set to vote on school repairs

LONDONDERRY — School facility repairs, union contracts and a citizens petition to make town clerk an elected position are among the items facing Londonderry voters next week.

On the school side, Article 2, a $4 million bond for district-wide repairs and renovations, would have a tax impact of 2 cents per thousand dollars of assessed property value. According to facilities director Chuck Zappala, passage of the article would allow for much-needed roof work and other repairs.

Article 3, the $66,240,583 proposed district operating budget, would have a tax impact of $12.66 per thousand. Superintendent Nathan Greenberg said that number represents a .27 percent increase over the current budget.
Article 4, a $56,570 contract with the district’s custodians, would have a tax impact of 2 cents per thousand.

Article 5, an $110,309 contract with the district’s support staff, would have a tax impact of 3 cents per thousand.
On the town side, Article 2 asks voters to approve changing the single elected position of town clerk/tax collector to two separate positions. If approved by voters, citizens would elect a town clerk next year and the tax collector position would become an appointed one.
Town Manager Kevin Smith said the change would save property owners approximately $100,000 in taxes next year, resulting in a tax rate decrease of 3 cents per thousand in 2015.

Also on the town ballot is Article 4, the proposed $28,054,908 operating budget, with a tax rate impact of $4.86 per thousand. Smith said the proposed budget comes in at $33,000 under the default budget.
Article 9, a $102,473 collective bargaining agreement between the town and the police department union, represents a proposed 1.80 percent average pay rate increase for Londonderry Police officers. If passed, the tax impact would be 3 cents per thousand.
Additional items on the March ballot are Article 11, a $275,000 roadway maintenance trust fund item; Article 12, a citizens petition asking voters to transfer all responsibilities managing the Londonderry Town Forest to the town manager; and Article 7, a $180,000 upgrade for the town’s 40-year-old highway garage facility.
Voting on all budget items will take place on March 11 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. inside the Londonderry High School gymnasium.

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