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Charlestown Residents to Debate $5M Budget

Residents of Charlestown, New Hampshire will meet Wednesday night to discuss the town’s budget, totalling nearly $5-million dollars and 17 attached warrant articles. The proposal for the 2017 fiscal year comes in at nearly $200,000 dollars more than the town’s current budget – which would be adopted by default budget if voters do not accept the current proposal.

Of the proposed budget, about $4 million would cover the town’s operating budget, with an additional $450,000 covering water costs and the final $350,000 going toward its sewer fund.

The town is also asking voters to weigh in on 17 additional warrant articles, including a potential 10-year lease of a new front-end loader for the highway department.

The vehicle will cost the town approximately $200,000 dollars and an another warrant article asks for the purchase of a jaws of life hydraulic rescue tool.

Wednesday’s meeting will be held at town hall and begin at 6:30 p.m., with a second session – including voting – to be held March 8.

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