Waltham Town Meeting results 2019
WALTHAM — Waltham residents at Waltham Town Hall on Monday evening approved all proposed town spending measures and chose town officers, all from the floor of town meeting.
They approved by voice vote a town spending plan for the 2019-2020 fiscal year of $226,276. Overall, that spending is down by about $5,500 from the current level.
That budget includes $94,626 for general operations and $131,650 for road maintenance.
Voters also backed charitable requests that totaled $3,909, up by $100 from 2018’s donations.
Residents also agreed to set aside $25,000 toward needed town hall repairs. That request follows a similar line item approved a year ago. The money will come from an emergency fund established several years ago when the town had a large surplus, and there will be no tax impact.
According to town officials the funds will go this year toward an overdue paint job of the building, with the remainder dedicated to a more expensive, multi-year project: creating a fully plumbed, handicap-accessible bathroom in Waltham Town Hall. That effort will involve a well and holding tank as well as interior work.
By voice vote four incumbents were returned to office: selectboard member Tim Ryan, Addison Northwest School District board member Tom Borchert, Town Clerk/Assistant Treasurer Mary Ann Castimore and Town Treasurer/Assistant Clerk Lucille Evarts.
Waltham also selected a new auditor, Janet Yager, after Eileen Corcoran indicated she would like to step down.
Residents in Waltham and the other four Addison Northwest School District communities on Town Meeting Day also voted, 672-665, in commingled balloting in favor of a 2019-2020 budget of $22,139,341 to fund the four ANWSD schools and the district’s share of Hannaford Career Center spending.
After a year of level district spending, that proposed budget will increase spending by about $1.03 million, or 4.89 percent.
They also voted in favor of putting funds from an earlier surplus in a capital reserve fund and other articles simplifying ANWSD operating procedures.
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