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January 28, 2014

Big-ticket requests will go before voters

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Sixty thousand dollars is requested to expand and pave roads in Hillside Cemetery and $10,000 for the Gov. Weare Park expansion. Its largest request for $280,000 to improve town roads would only require about $102,000 from taxes, the balance coming from the state highway block grant and the special reserve transportation fund.

Selectmen are requesting $1.2 million to repair the Seabrook Harbor seawall, but only $200,000 would be derived from taxes. Of the remainder, $600,000 would come from an Economic Development Assistance Grant and $400,000 from other expected donations.

Selectmen are also asking voter permission to transfer $1 million from the tax stabilization fund to replace the million used to rebate NextEra Energy Seabrook nuclear power plant due to a rebate, which was part of its settlement with the power plant over its assessed value in 2012.

Of the other six-figure warrant articles, selectmen are hoping voters will OK $100,000 to replace the back-up generator for Town Hall.

Other town departments have made requests, including the Sewer Department, asking for $50,000 for paving and $42,000 for back-up connections switches.

The Recreation Department, which oversees the Community Center, is asking for $23,850 for a back-up generator. The Community Center acts as the town’s emergency shelter. Also requested is $15,000 to add elements to the children’s playground at the Community Center.

Voters can debate the pros and cons of all 41 articles on the warrant at the upcoming first session of Town Meeting, set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Community Center. This is the only chance voters have to alter any of the questions before going to the polls in March.

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