Thursday, September 02, 2010

Capital Budget '10/11: Council vote

The NHRs Luther Turmelle reports on the 2010 / 2011 Capital Budget:

The Town Council voted 5-2 Tuesday night to approve a $74.89 million, five-year, capital expenditure plan that includes spending nearly $7.13 million on 25 projects in the current fiscal year.

Though I was out of the country at the time of the vote, it's obvious that Smartboards were a discussion point on Tuesday night:

Falvey said he believes the use of smart boards in the district’s classrooms has been mixed.

“I think we need to get a better idea how the smart boards we have already are being used,” Falvey said. “Some classes use them heavily ... and some don’t.”

Also, I'm wondering if the track passes at referendum. Besides trends that indicate declining support for some types of non-recreation projects, we've seen the outright failures of the town's two recreation projects (linear trail & pool) in recent years. Furthermore, Councilman Falvey's 3rd district predecessor voiced concerns that the 2008 failure of the Mixville Pump Station was because a number of residents thought it was for money to be spent on Mixville Park.

Do you think the $325,000 (+$130,000 previously appropriated) CHS track will pass in November?

Any other comments on the vote?

Tim White

p.s. I have internet access, but it's weak and sporadic here.

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