TM OKs $30M budget
By Robert Fucci
Photo by Robert Fucci Sutton – In the blink of an eye, Spring Town Meeting ended in 29 minutes on Monday, May 9, with 16 of 17 articles unanimously approved by roughly 70 residents in attendance at Sutton High School.
Voters passed Article 6 for the operating budget for FY17, presented by Town Administrator Jim Smith, for $30,182,232.
Increases from FY16 include general government by $25,028, public education by $620,691, public works by $809, health and human services by $10,205, culture and recreation by $7,604, and employee benefits by $282,062.
Public safety and debt services both decreased from FY16.
Other key votes from Spring Town Meeting included:
Approval of Article 7 for the Capital Plan of $834,500. Some of the higher-end costs include $200,000 for driveway repairs at the public schools, $180,000 for cyclical revaluation for the assessors, $90,000 to replace the Fire Department’s forestry equipment and $75,000 for police vehicle replacement.
Approval of Article 11 to create a Special Education Stabilization Fund of $200,000 to be used for future costs.
Approval of Article 15 to raise, appropriate or transfer $406,521 for improvements of Marion’s Camp on 30 Tuttle Road.
Approval of Article 16 to accept Virginia Avenue as a public town way, allowed Sutton to access Ch. 90 funding from the Commonwealth.
Putnam Hill Road resident Mike McGovern proposed to postpone action on Article 17 to amend the General Bylaw 12 regarding wetlands protection. Voters unanimously voted to accept the postponement.
Sutton Town Moderator Ken Stuart addresses voters in attendance of annual Spring Town Meeting on Monday, May 9, at Sutton High School.