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New Hampshire

October 23, 2012

Paying for a new station? Selectmen want two options

New station could face voters in 2013

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The selectmen voted 2-1 to present both options to voters, something that Londrigan said the committee didn’t support initially.

Selectman Richard Hartung opposed giving voters both options. He preferred a third approach: put some money in a capital reserve, and then borrow money to pay for the rest.

“How many people save for a new car and buy the car with cash? Not a whole lot of people,” he said. “But a lot of people sock some money away so they get 45 percent, 30 percent of that car (paid for in advance) so they’re not on a 10-year plan with a car.”

After the selectmen voted, Londrigan said he wasn’t sure when the options would appear before voters. While a 2013 vote is likely, how the building committee handles the board’s recommendation will be based on the legal language behind the options.

“We have to see how it can be worded,” Londrigan said. “This will come down to, ‘how do you position the vote?’”

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