Waltham town meeting wrap-up 2018

WALTHAM — Waltham residents at their town hall on Monday backed town spending, returned officials to office, filled a selectboard vacancy, and supported potential future spending on Waltham Town Hall.
Those returned to office from the floor of town meeting included Selectman Andrew Martin, Town Clerk Mary Ann Castimore and Treasurer Lucille Evarts.
Residents’ backed the selectboard proposal of a 2018-2019 budget of $235,084 that is down almost $20,000 from current spending. That budget includes charitable donations, which were also supported.
Waltham residents also authorized the selectboard to spend up to $25,000 as a local match for a grant to fund “needed repairs” to Waltham Town Hall. Selectman Tim Ryan said that, probably later this year, the town will apply for a grant of up to $50,000 to fund painting the building to historic preservation standards, doing deferred maintenance on such items as window sills and sashes, and possibly developing a septic system design.
In Australian balloting on Tuesday, Waltham voters backed the proposed $21.1 million ANWSD budget, 66-21. It won overall, 952-551.
School officials estimated that budget could increase the tax rate in ANWSD communities by about 8 cents, depending on final legislative decisions. 
The ANWSD tax rate increases would mean around $80 of additional taxes per $100,000 of assessed value for those property owners who pay based solely on the value of their homes. About two-thirds of area residents pay based on their income and would get prebates.
Waltham voters also backed a $7.63 million ANWSD bond proposal, 70-17. It won approval overall, 987-515. School board members said the bond would pay for a critical list of energy efficiency, fire safety and security problems at all four district schools.
Board members have emphasized the bond will not increase taxes due to savings through the energy improvements and because payments on the bond that funded the 2000 Vergennes Union High School renovation and expansion will soon end.

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