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Friday, April 30, 2004


Summary of Warrant Articles
                                Article Summary                              
1 Town Reports This article accepts the 2003 Town Report. No other reports are scheduled. unanimous* no action
2 Salaries of elected officials Moderator $50; Town Clerk $26,111 ($23,638 in FY04), Elected Assessors $100. unanimous unanimous
3 Operating budget, FY05 This Article appropriates $18,642,710 for the operation and debt service of the town in FY05,
as shown in tables on pages 4-11 in the Warrant book. Article 3 offers the balanced budget, resulting in a tax increase of 0.5% compared to FY04. (See Warrant Summary on page 1.)
unanimous unanimous
4 Stabilization account transfer $14,948 will be transferred from the Stabilization Fund to repay a portion of principal and interest on debt service for the Robbins-Hutchins Fields (formerly Wang-Coombs Land) purchased by the town. unanimous unanimous
5 Increased funding for CCHS This Proposition 2-1/2 override of $82,068 will provide additional funds for the operation of Concord-Carlisle High School. This budget level was approved by the Concord Town Meeting. (See story on page 1.) The override must also be approved at the town election on May 25.
unanimous unanimous
6 Increased budget funding This Proposition 2-1/2 override of $24,089 will provide additional funds for town departments, including the Police Department, Fire Department, and the Planning Board. If state aid comes in higher than expected, this article may be withdrawn. (See page 1.)
no action unanimous
7 Capital equipment/
Funds are requested for capital equipment and improvements for town departments and the Carlisle Public School (page 13 in Warrant book) totaling $254,170. $142,000 is covered in the balanced budget. The remaining $112,170 must be raised by the FY05 levy, and requires approval at the town election. unanimous unanimous
8 CCHS improvements This article authorizes CCHS to borrow $535,000 for a new language lab and renovations of debt exclusion the gym and and locker rooms. Carlisle's portion is $152,689 and requires approval at town election. (See Warrant, page 4.) unanimous unanimous
9 Town audit $20,000 is requested professional auditing of the town's financial records. unanimous unanimous
10 Veteran agent The town is required to provide an agent who arranges for services from a variety of federal and state resources for any veteran or family of a veteran. The cost to the town is $1,500. unanimous unanimous
11 Department revolving funds Town boards receive a variety of fees which are deposited in special revolving accounts, which must be authorized annually. The sources, uses and spending limits of the funds are on page15 of the Warrant book.The school bus fund (bus fees for seventh- and eighth-graders) should be on the list. unanimous no action
12 Fiscal Year 2004 budget transfers This article transfers $57,020 from free cash to CCHS to cover a court-mandated settlement of a special education placement. 2-2 ** unanimous
13 Fiscal Year 2004 transfer to Stabilization Fund
$197,679 will be transferred from the Excess Overlay Account (excess funds after settling all real estate abatements) to the Stabilization Fund. This will bring the Stabilization Fund up to 5% of the town operating budget, to please bond rating agencies. (See story on pages 1,5.) 2-2 unanimous
14 Chapter 90 This article enables the town to spend $136,000 for the improvement of Carlisle roads in anticipation of reimbursement by the state. unanimous unanimous
15 Senior tax voucher program Appropriates $7,500 for a senior citizen tax voucher program, which will allow 15 persons over 60 to perform work for the town at a rate of $6.75 per hour, to provide up to $500 of tax relief. unanimous unanimous
16 Greenough cottage repair This Article will not be moved. no action no action
17 CPA authorization Will transfer 10% of FY04 and FY05 CPA revenues to subaccounts for historic preservation, open space and community housing. CPA funds will also be allocated to pay for Parcel A principal and interest, as well as administrative expenses. (See Warrant, page 4.) unanimous unanimous
18 Transfer free cash Will transfer $238,192 from the town's free cash to cover appropriations for FY05. unanimous unanimous
19 Real estate tax exemption Would allow an additional real estate tax exemption for qualifying seniors up to 100% of the limit of $1,000 allowed by the state. This exemption must be voted annually. unanimous unanimous
20 Chapter 32B Section 12 This article defines members of Carlisle's on-call fire department as town employees who are eligible to participate in employee benefit programs at full cost (no cost to the town). unanimous unanimous
21 Scenic Roads byLaw The Scenic Roads bylaw is amended to provide clearer criteria for designation of scenic roads. (See Warrant, page 4.) 3-1 no action
22 Board of Health organization The Board of Health seeks to increase the size of the board from three to five members. (See Warrant, page 4.) 0-4 no action
23 Long-Term Capital Requirements Committee organization The Long-Term Capital Requirements Committee seeks to increase its membership from five to seven members. unanimous no action
24 Resolution to protect the civil liberties of Carlisle citizens A Carlisle citizen group asks the town to work for the repeal of those portions of the USA PATRIOT Act that , in their view, violate civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. (See Warrant, page 4.) 2-2 no action
  * Unanimous = unanimously in favor
** in favor-opposed

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