Town Meeting Preview: Lynds, Tonkin Vie For Selectboard Seat In Plymouth

March 1, 2012

in News,Plymouth

By Margo Marrone
Special To The Standard

PLYMOUTH — At the March 5 Plymouth Town meeting, taxpayers will be reviewing the proposed 2012/2013 budget of $1,253,011, an increase of $38,242 over last year’s budget. Voting on Article 6, to raise $995,907.22 to pay estimated taxes will take place at that time.

The ravages of Tropical Storm Irene impacted all but three of the town’s 64 roads. Although the necessary paperwork has been submitted, similar to surrounding towns, no FEMA or State monies have been received to date. A $1,000,000 line of credit has been obtained to cover costs in the meantime.

Article 5 seeks voter approval to raise $10,000 for a generator for the former school building, to be used as an emergency shelter/command center. The facility was inadequate for that purpose during Irene’s aftermath.

The only contested seat is for the Select Board, Russ Tonkin challenging Larry Lynds, who has served previously and is currently serving out Todd Blanchard’s term.

In regard to the School District Meeting, which will follow the Town Meeting on March 5, voters will be asked to appropriate $688,033 for the fiscal year starting July first of this year. It appears that the tax liability will be $585,471, if the anticipated revenue is received.

Since State figures are not set prior to the school board needing to prepare the local budget, figures can shift a bit. It appears that the projected enrollment has declined, but that is subject to change, as well.

Plymouth’s Town Meeting will be held March 5 at 7 p.m. at the Plymouth Municipal Building P.M. The polls will be open Tuesday March 6 at the Plymouth Municipal Building from 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. for the purpose of voting by Australian Ballot.

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