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February 4, 2013

N.H. deliberative sessions wind down this week

Many New Hampshire towns and school districts will hold deliberative sessions this week, providing taxpayers with a forum to debate, discuss and potentially amend warrant articles to be voted on March 12.

Friday marked the deadline for anyone wishing to run for town or school office. Deliberative sessions this week start tonight and wrap up Saturday.

Polls will be open in all towns March 12. It’s then that voters decide municipal and school budgets, elect their officers, and approve or reject numerous warrant articles.

This year, those funding requests include a new police station in Hampstead, expanding the Newton Board of Selectmen, spending $1.7 million for a kindergarten addition in Pelham and much more. Most warrants are posted on town websites.

Hampstead meets

tomorrow, Friday

Hampstead School District voters will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Hampstead Middle School, 28 School St., to discuss the operating budget and eight other warrant articles.

The proposed budget is $23.7 million; the default budget is $120,000 higher.

Two collecting bargaining agreements will be discussed. Voters will get a chance to debate separate four-year contracts for the Hampstead Support Personnel Association and Hampstead Educators Association.

The district is asking voters to put $75,000 into a school renovation capital reserve fund.

At the Hampstead town deliberative Friday, voters will consider yet another proposal to construct a new police station.

The proposal would cost the taxpayers more than $1.6 million and the town hopes to pay for it all in one year.

The proposed municipal budget is $5.36 million, which is close to $60,000 more than last year’s budget.

Other items up for discussion include $51,000 to add a new full-time police officer and $28,500 from the capital reserve fund to upgrade the fire department’s equipment.

The town deliberative session is Friday at 7 p.m. at Hampstead Middle School, 28 School St.

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