Hanover approves proposed budget
All 38 articles passed as recommended by selectmen at Tuesday night’s annual Town Meeting in Hanover, according to Town Clerk Clem Worcester.
Eighteen voters dispensed with business in just over an hour.
The municipal budget totals $201,541, up about $12,000 from last year, Worcester said. That, combined with an approximate $23,000 increase in school taxes, is expected to bump the current tax rate of 6.82 up about a half a mil, he said. Because last year’s mil rate went down, the hike will bring the rate back close to the level of two years ago, said Worcester.
Voters passed an article authorizing selectmen to create an ordinance to set a fee to charge taxpayers who do not pay real estate taxes by the deadline of June 30. The proposal will be voted on at the next annual Town Meeting.
Tax bills are expected to go out within two weeks, Worcester said.
Selectman Dick Stratton was elected unopposed to a three-year term. He had filled out the term of Bruce Powell, who resigned. Worcester was re-elected to his other offices of treasurer and tax collector.
Lynne Ramsey was recognized at the meeting as Volunteer of the Year for her work with the Children’s Garden program at the Gardner Roberts Memorial Library.
“She put a lot of smiles on kids’ faces,” said Worcester.
The meeting was moderated by Jim Barker.