Hanson: Two overrides to go to Town Meeting

Ahead of Hanson’s Town Meeting next Monday night, Selectmen previewed every article on the warrant Tuesday night. They range from $15,000 to remove algae from Oldham Pond, in cooperation with Pembroke, to combining the offices of Town Planner and Conservation Agent into one full-time position, making the Highway Supervisor an appointed rather than elected position and a $19 million operating budget.

Town Meeting will also be asked to place two questions on the ballot for the May 19th Annual Election. The first is an operating budget override of $235,000 for the Whitman-Hanson school district. The second is a debt exclusion of $390,000 to replace a fire truck.

The override would permanently increase the tax base. The debt exclusion would raise the average tax bill by $103 for one year. The one-year term would save the town $37,000 in interest payments.

“Which is to replace Rescue 1,” Chairman of Selectmen Steve Amico said. “The other is an operational override for the Whitman-Hanson schools. The town has already appropriated a 2 percent assessment to the schools. The schools are looking for 6 percent. So, we have 4 percent for a Proposition 2 1/2 operational override.”

Hanson Town Meeting begins May 7 at 7:30 p.m.

About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor. He won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.