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January 19, 2014

Hampstead Budget Committee advises against school renovations

Chairman: $6.18M price is too high

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At Hampstead Middle School, there would be $816,555 worth of renovations. The school plans to renovate the library, computer lab and the front entrance.

“We feel we’re presenting something that’s realistic now, and in the future,” Gallo said.

Gallo said she understood Murphy’s concerns, but said she thinks it’s best for her to push forward.

“We’re taking the initiative to get the ball running,” she said. “If we wait, then it turns out like the police station, and it seems like it will never happen.”

Voters approved a $1.63 million police station at last year’s Town Meeting after four unsuccessful tries.

After approving a big-ticket item last year, Murphy said he doesn’t think taxpayers are ready for another one.

“This one is about six times that,” he said. “For a district whose population is staying about the same, it’s way too expensive for taxpayers to undertake.”

Residents will get a chance to alter the article at the deliberative session on Feb. 4.

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