Milford and Amherst town budget hearings are Monday night Wadleigh library expansion on Milford warrant

This month, voters can begin reviewing their towns’ proposed operating budgets and other big spending items that will ultimately affect their property tax bills.

In Milford, the proposed town budget is $13,785,044, a 5.8 percent increase over this year’s spending plan.

The default budget that would go into effect if the budget is defeated on March 10 is not much less, at $13,663,678. That is because most increases are due to contractual obligation, said Town Administrator Mark Bender, including payments on a new fire truck, the new ambulance building, a dump truck and a sidewalk plow.

The biggest proposed bond on the Milford warrant is $5.4 million to renovate and expand the Wadleigh Memorial Library.

Selectmen recently voted against supporting the project, 4-1, with Kathy Bauer dissenting.

The other board members said renovation is needed, but this is not the time for adding more debt.

Also, on the warrant will be a $800,000 bond for a West Elm Street water main extension, which would be paid for by water users, and a bond for a $216,000 storm sewer video inspection project.

Selectmen will also ask for more money to add to the capital reserve fund for bridge projects.

“We need to take some corrective action pretty quickly,” Bender said, with critical work needed for the Green Bridge at Jones Crossing and the Savage Road bridge.
There is a separate article for the Jennison road bridge. Although the entire $430,000 cost will be on the warrant, 80 percent of that would be paid by the state and the rest by the town.

The Milford town budget and bond hearing will be held on Monday, Jan. 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the selectmen’s meeting room. The hearing will be held in conjunction with the town Water and Sewer Commission’s budget hearing.

Amherst town officials will also hold a budget and bond hearing on Monday, Jan. 12, at 6:30 p.m., in the Barbara Landry Meeting Room of Town Hall.

The Milford School District budget hearing isn’t until Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. in Milford High School’s Room 182, at 7 p.m.

The Souhegan and Amherst school districts’ budget hearings are back-to-back on the same night, Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. in the high school, with a snow date of Jan. 16.

Mont Vernon residents will see their school budget on Thursday, Jan. 15 in the Village School

Local ballot voting is on Tuesday, March 10, when towns will also elect local officials.

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100, ext. 304, or kcleveland@
cabinet.com.