The Public Hearing for the Elementary School and Town Government FY2017-2018 budgets is scheduled for June 6, at 7 PM at the Town Hall. During the hearing, the Board of Finance will entertain comments and respond to questions, and subsequently adopt the budgets to be presented at the June 22 Annual Town Meeting, which will take place in the auditorium of the Hampton Elementary School at 7 PM. As reported last month, the school’s proposal is level with this year’s, the lowest amount allowable under the State’s Minimum Budget Requirement, and the Board of Selectmen’s spending plan represents an approximate 4% decrease over last year. The anticipated decrease in revenue from the State will be offset with monies from the General Fund in order to retain a flat mil rate.
The Board of Selectmen has sent letters of inquiry to all property owners in the Route 6 Business District concerning future intentions for land that is commercially zoned. The Selectmen also appointed Harry Baum to serve as Tax Collector, the position he has held since elected 12 years ago, until the November Municipal Election. Mr. Baum recently relocated to another Town; we thank him for his years of service and his willingness to continue in that capacity until the position can be filled by an elected official. I am also pleased to report that the State Elections Enforcement Commission recently dismissed all complaints lodged against Town Hall and Election officials regarding conduct at the June 23, 2016 Referendum that resulted in a decision to study the issue of dissolving Regional District #11.
Plans for the September 30, 2017 Hampton Fall Festival, initiated last year, are underway with the next meeting scheduled for June 8 at 6:30 PM at Town Hall. As last year, all town organizations are encouraged to participate.
Summer is approaching, and with it increased foot traffic, strollers and bicycles. For the safety of all, please SLOW DOWN on Hampton roads.
Allan Cahill, First Selectman