Friday, October 27, 2006
Shorts from the Selectmen, Oct. 24
• Articles approved: The Board approved all five articles for the Special Town Meeting on Monday, October 30. (For details, see "Town Meeting to vote on athletic facilities and housing," page 1)
• Space available at Town Meeting: In discussion of the upcoming Special Town Meeting on October 30, the Selectmen decided to make available facilities for a second room if Corey Auditorium fills to capacity.
• Tax Classification Hearing: The board postponed the tax classification hearing until October 30 at 6 p.m., pending receipt of state certification of the town's revaluation of real estate assessments.
• Mark the calendar: The Selectmen set the date for Annual Town Meeting on April 30, 2007. Spring Town Election is scheduled for May 8, 2007. An all-boards meeting is scheduled for November 28.
• Trustees of the Affordable Housing Trust: Charlene Hinton, Town Clerk, swore in all of the Selectmen as trustees of the Affordable Housing Trust, after which the new trustees called a meeting to amend the declaration of the trust document as per the draft of that document dated October 20, 2006. The trustees approved the draft by a unanimous vote and then closed the trustees' meeting.
• Tax relief proposal: The Selectmen heard a reminder from Town Treasurer Larry Barton of a proposal for tax relief for senior citizens entailing the exploration of state legislation to create a new residential tax classification for "long-term (25-year) resident seniors which would be less than the official tax rate." Selectmen John Williams and Alan Carpenito agreed to pursue this proposal with state legislators.
• Preliminary fiscal projections: The board heard a presentation from Finance Committee Chair Thornton Ash on fiscal preliminary projections for FY08. Selectmen were particularly interested in the use of free cash, recommended to cover an increase in the assessment for Concord-Carlisle High School and other one-time expenses.
• Resignation and appointment: Selectmen accepted the resignation of John Lee from the Community Preservation Committee and the appointment of Kelly Stringham as the Conservation Commission's representative to the CPC.
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