If all articles pass the municipal portion of the tax rate will rise from $6.32 in 2017 to $6.74 in 2018, or a 6.6% increase. The WWTP bond is not included in the 2018 $6.74 rate, as the bond is not anticipated to hit the tax rate until 2019. However, the bond if approved will add another $.19 to the muni tax rate bringing it up to $6.94 or an 9.8% increase as a result of Warrant Articles approved in March of 2018. Seven proposed articles are funded from the UFB (Unassigned Fund Balance aka accumulated surplus), which would result in a $540,000 withdrawal. Had the UFB not been used in these articles the impact, including the WWTP bond, would result in a muni tax rate of $7.10 or a 12.3% increase.

Town of Hampton 2018 Warrant is current as of 3/8/2018

 Article 44 - Subject Non Union wage and/or benefit increase to voter approval  (609 Views)  (1 Comments)

Warrant Article Created By: Citizen Petition

Results Votes in Favor Votes opposed Total Votes Required To Pass
1631 834 50%
Rational Taxpayer's recommends voting Yes
Supports the voters ability to weigh-in on non-union wage and benefit increases. Voter approval is already required for cost increases related to union contracts. This will help keep the default budget down.

On the petition of Sunny Kravitz and at least 25 Hampton registered voters, we request that a Warrant be placed on the 2018 Town Meeting of Hampton for the following:

Shall the voters of Hampton vote on all Non Union wage and/or benefit increase that exceed the annual Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment.

For a number of years the Board of Selectmen has voted during the fall to grant wage and benefit increases to a few not elected Non-Union employees. In the future all such increase must be approved in a Warrant Article by the tax payers of Hampton.

Posted in: Favorable

Comments

# Jerry Znoj Saturday, March 3, 2018 9:20 AM
Certainly would be one way to control the growth of the Default Budget ( the budget that results when the proposed operating budget is voted down) that increases every year without a lot of scrutiny and many assumptions by those that create it.

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