Arlington adopts proposed $1.6M budget

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ARLINGTON — The Select Board recently adopted a $1.6 million proposed budget for 2020.

The proposal, if approved by voters at Town Meeting next month, would represent a $155,438.46 increase over the 2019 budget.

The municipal tax rate — 0.37 last year — would need to increase by about 0.05, or $50 per $100,000 of property value, to account for the increase, based on the 2019 grand list. The proposed budget includes $50,000 for a full-time town administrator, a position that is still unoccupied, despite being authorized by voters last year.

The municipality now expects to hire an administrator by June 1, after an initial round of interviews did not result in the hiring of any candidate for what was originally a part-time

position. The proposal also includes a 3 percent increase in pay for municipal employees. The Arlington Fire Department would receive an increase in funding of $41,357. That includes allocating $15,000 more than was contributed last year to a reserve fund for replacing, repairing or refurbishing fire trucks.

The Highway Department's funding will increase by $38,819.34 and recreation funding would increase by $12,268.

Select Board Chairman Keith Squires cited material costs, road improvements, elections, roadside trees, the administrator position, energy-related upgrades to town hall and ongoing work to the Arlington Recreation Park as reasons for the departmental increases.

Town appropriations for the Martha Canfield Memorial Library, pending voter approval, will increase from $19,300 to $21,500.

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