New equipment behind proposed tax increase in Canterbury

Nancy Flagg leaves the Canterbury Town Hall after voting on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.

Nancy Flagg leaves the Canterbury Town Hall after voting on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. GEOFF FORESTER

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Monitor staff

Published: 03-13-2024 5:39 PM

Canterbury voters will weigh a 2.9% increase to the town operating budget at their meeting Friday.

Wage increases and adding one new town position are largely behind the $94,224 increase, bringing the operating budget up to $3,323,453.

In addition to more than $900,000 in capital expenses on the warrant, the new costs would bump up the town tax rate by $1.04 — or about $312 a year for a home worth $300,000 — to about $7.40. That increase would be in addition to slight increases from the Shaker School District — where an operating budget increase of less than 1% was approved in elections Tuesday.

$400,000 of the proposed capital expense costs is for the purchase new road grader, while around $30,000 would go toward leasing a backhoe and a cemetery expansion.

In town elections Tuesday, residents chose Beth Blair over Calvin Todd to fill the post of outgoing Selectboard Chair Cheryl Gordon in a 332-200 vote.

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