News Feature

Originally published in The Weekly Packet, April 12, 2018
Surry town meeting warrant holds no surprises

by Anne Berleant

Selectmen signed a warrant of 63 articles April 3 for town meeting later this month, with no surprises from school nor municipal, nor in elections—incumbents Bill Matlock, for selectman, and Michelle Berger, for school board, are the only two names on the ballot.

The municipal budget stands at $1,063,472, a $12,395 increase, and the school budget at $2,642,001, a $98,286 or 3.86 increase.

Together, the funding requests on the town warrant, plus the county tax, equal a $3,705,474 budget for 2018-19. The impact on property taxes is about $70,000, a 2.67 percent increase, with the 2018-19 mill rate projected to increase from $8.65 per $1,000 assessed property value to $8.90.

“We don’t have some of those reserves that we used to have,” Selectman Bill Matlock said.

An $87,655 decrease in public works costs offsets other municipal increases plus a $40,000 loan repayment on an $850,000 bond for the town office and fire department expansion project approved last year.

“We don’t have a big roads project this year,” Matlock noted.

The increase in the school budget is tied to teacher health insurance costs, a $33,000 increase, and $60,000 more in secondary education costs, tuition for 49 students, about five more than last year.

Revenue for education is projected at $100,000 from state funding and $120,000 from “balance forward,” surplus leftover in the prior education budgets.

Surry Annual Town Meeting

Friday, April 20, 8 a.m. -8 p.m., town office

Selectman, three year, Bill Matlock
School board, three year, Michelle Berger

Business meeting
Monday, April 23, 7 p.m., Surry Elementary School
Warrant articles: 68
Municipal budget: $890,736 (doesn’t include $172,736 county tax)
School budget: $2,642,001
Total budget: $3,705,474
Increase: $110,683 or 3.08 percent
Mill rate: Projected .0089 up from .00865
Warrant items at a glance
Art. 51: Raise $500 for Families First Community Center
Art. 68: Alewife fishing rights action

Budget Review Meeting
Monday, April 16, 7 p.m., Surry Elementary School