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Mar
14

Grafton Town Election Results (3/13/12)

Selectmen (3 years) – Vote for one

  • Dorothy “Dottie” Ernst 159
  • Steve Darrow 323
  • Write-in 2

Moderator (2 years) – Vote for one

  • Dorothy Campbell 336
  • Jean Alexander 119
  • Write-in 1

Supervisor of the Checklist (6 years) – Vote for one

  • Mary Warren 321
  • Jay Boucher 101
  • Write-in 1

Trustee of the Trust Funds (3 year) – Vote for one

  • Jeremy Olson 299
  • Write-in 22

Planning Board (3 years) – Vote for two

  • Jay Boucher 213
  • Rosalie Babiarz 217
  • Write-in 46

Treasurer (1 year) – Vote for one

  • June Burrington 413
  • Write-in 2

Budget Committee (3 years) – Vote for one

  • Sharon “Ivy” Walker 152
  • Scott Smith 240
  • Write-in 2

Cemetery Trustee (3 years) – Vote for one

  • Louise Gallup 421
  • Write-in 5

Library Trustee (3 year) – Vote for one

  • Jim Griffin 382
  • Write-in 4

Articles

2 ) Shall the Town raise and appropriate as an operating budget, not including appropriations by special warrant articles and other appropriations voted separately, the amounts set forth on the budget posted with the Warrant, or as amended by the vote of the first session, for the purposes set forth therein totaling $917,729. Should the article be defeated, the default budget shall be $906,655, which is the same as last year, with certain adjustments required by previous actions of the Town of Grafton, or by law, or the Governing body may hold one special meeting, in accordance with RSA 40:13X and XVI, to take up the issue of a revised budget only. NOTE: This Warrant Article (operating budget) does not include special warrant articles or individual warrant articles.
PASSED 301-156

3 ) To see if the Town will vote to adopt RSA 72:37 (tax exemption for the blind). If approved, those meeting the appropriate criteria will receive a $15,000 exemption on their property assessment. This Article appears at the direction of the Department of Revenue Administration.
PASSED 325-145 

4 ) To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of thirty thousand dollars ($30,000) for the purpose of paving town roads.
PASSED 272-213 

5 ) To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of thirty thousand dollars ($30,000) to be placed into the previously established Fire Apparatus Capital Reserve Fund. The Selectmen recommend this article / the Budget Committee recommends this article.
PASSED 252-229 

6 ) To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) to be placed into the previously established Bridge Capital Reserve Fund.
PASSED 264-211 

7 ) To see if the Town will vote to establish a Capital Reserve Fund under the provisions of RSA 35:1A for the purpose of constructing a new town office building and to raise and appropriate the sum of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) to be placed into this fund and to appoint the Board of Selectmen to act as agents to expend.
FAILED 146-334

8 ) To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) for the purpose of hiring a part time police officer.
PASSED 258-218

9 ) To see if the Town will raise and appropriate the sum of twenty six thousand five hundred and fifteen dollars ($26,515) to purchase a 2012 Ford F250 with plow and to fund this appropriation by withdrawing twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) from the previously established Highway Department Capital Reserve Fund with six thousand five hundred and fifteen dollars ($6,515) to be raised by taxation.
FAILED 222-264

10 ) To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of thirty six thousand nine hundred sixty four dollars ($36,964) for the purchase of a new police vehicle. To fund this appropriation by authorizing the withdrawal of twenty four thousand dollars ($24,000) from the already established Police Vehicle Capital Reserve Fund and twelve thousand nine hundred sixty four dollars ($12,964) coming from taxation.
FAILED 213-264

11 ) To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of five thousand dollars ($5,000) for the restoration of the Town’s historical records.
FAILED 225-255

12 ) To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate $1,895 for the purpose of paying the Grafton Library staff so that the Grafton Public Library may be open two hours daily, Monday through Thursday, 3:30pm to 5:30pm, while public schools are in session starting April 2012.
FAILED 227-261

13 ) To see if the Town will raise and appropriate the sum of nine thousand nine hundred seventy three dollars ($9,973) for the restoration of the Town’s historical records. To be funded by a grant from the State of New Hampshire and will have no impact on taxation.
PASSED 334-152 

14 ) Shall we modify the elderly exemptions from property tax in the Town of Grafton, based on assessed value, for qualified taxpayers, to be as follows: for persons 65 years of age up to 75 years, $15,000; for a person 75 years of age to 80 years $20,000; for a person 80 years of age or older $25,000. To qualify, the person must have been a New Hampshire resident for at least three consecutive years, own the real estate individually or jointly, or if the real estate is owned by such person’s spouse, they must have been married for at least 5 consecutive years. In addition, the taxpayer must have a net income of not more than $20,000 or if married, a combined net income of less than $27,000 and owned net assets not in excess of $40,000 (if single) or $50,000 (if married), excluding the value of the person’s residence.
PASSED 326-148

15 ) Shall we modify the disability exemptions from property tax in the Town of Grafton, based on assessed value, for qualified taxpayers, to be as follows: the person is eligible under Title II or Title XVI of the federal Social Security Act, must have been a New Hampshire resident for at least five years, own the real estate individually or jointly, or if the real estate is owned by such person’s spouse, they must have been married for at least 5 consecutive years. In addition, the taxpayer must have a net income of not more than $20,000 or if married, a combined net income of less than $27,000 and owned net assets not in excess of $40,000 (if single) or $50,000 (if married), excluding the value of the person’s residence.
PASSED 266-197 

16 ) To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of two thousand two hundred and forty dollars ($2,240) to establish a fitting memorial to our former Librarian, Myrtle Cooper, and for other library purposes and programs. This article will be funded solely by donations already received and held by the Library Trustees for this purpose, not by general taxation, and will be administered by the Library Trustees. This article to be non-lapsing for five years according to RSA 32:7, VI.
PASSED 303-178 

17 ) Shall we permit the public library to retain all money it receives from its income-generating equipment to be used for general repairs and upgrading and for the purchase of books, supplies and income-generating equipment?
PASSED 432-55 

18 ) To see if the Town will vote to appoint the Selectmen as agents to expend from the Library Capital Reserve Fund previously established in 2004.
FAILED 188-274 

19 ) To see if the Town will vote to rescind the action taken in 1982 Town Meeting to elect Planning Board members and instead have the Planning Board members appointed by the Selectmen, designating one Selectman or administrative official of the Town as an ex-officio member and appointing 4 other persons who are residents of the town as appropriate. Pursuant to RSA 673:2,II(c), this article shall take effect immediately upon adoption by the Town Meeting and the Selectmen shall forthwith appoint members in accordance with RSA 675:5; however, the Planning Board shall continue in existence and the elected members in office may continue to serve until their successors are appointed and qualified.
FAILED 132-346

20 ) To see if the Town will vote certain provisions to allow an exemption of taxes on Woodheating Energy Systems as defined in RSA 72:69 of the State of New Hampshire as of the date of any assessments affected by these provisions. These certain provision are: a. That any expenditure for a Woodheating Energy Systems so defined, or any separate valuation thereof, shall be excluded from taxation, such that the amount of exemption shall not exceed the additional assessed value to the property for such systems. b. That application for an exemption shall be governed by the provisions of RSA 72:33, 72:34 and 72:34-a. c. That this statute shall remain in effect until rescinded. These provisions are proposed in accordance with RSA 72:27-a, and RSA 72:70 of the State of New Hampshire. (By Petition)
FAILED 221-249

21 ) To see if the Town will vote certain provisions to allow an exemption of taxes on Wind-Powered Energy Systems as defined in RSA 72:65 of the State of New Hampshire as of the date of any assessments affected by these provisions. These certain provisions are: a. That any expenditure for a Wind-Powered Energy Systems so defined, or any separate valuation thereof, shall be excluded from taxation, such that the amount of exemption shall not exceed the additional assessed value to the property for such systems. b. That application for an exemption shall be governed by the provisions of RSA 72:33, 72:34 and 72:34-a. c. That this statute shall remain in effect until rescinded. These provisions are proposed in accordance with RSA 72:27-a, and RSA 72:66 of the State of New Hampshire. (By Petition)
PASSED 230-227

22 ) To see if the Town will vote certain provisions to allow exemption of taxes on Solar Energy Systems as defined in RSA 72:61 of the State of New Hampshire as of the date of any assessments affected by these provisions. These certain provisions are:
a. That any expenditure for a Solar Energy Systems so defined, or any separate valuation thereof, shall be excluded from taxation, such that the amount of exemption shall not exceed the additional assessed value to the property for such systems.
b. That application for an exemption shall be governed by the provisions of RSA 72:33, 72:34, and 72:43-a.
c. That this statute shall remain in effect until rescinded. These provisions are proposed in accordance with RSA 72:27-a, and RSA 72:62 of the State of New Hampshire. (By Petition)
PASSED 244-211

23 ) To see if the Town of Grafton will vote to sell the town owned building and accompanying land known as “Town Hall” located on Turnpike Road, the sale of which will be by public auction which shall occur within six months of passage of this article. (By Petition)
FAILED 154-312

24 ) To see if the Town of Grafton will vote to instruct the Board of Selectmen and the Budget Committee to REDUCE the annual town budget by ten percent for the next 3 years. (By Petition)
FAILED 224-229

25 ) To see if the Town will vote to direct the governing body of the Town of Grafton to appoint a Capital Improvement Program committee to prepare and amend a recommended program of municipal capital improvement projects projected over a period of at least six years. The sole purpose and effect of the Capital Improvements Program shall be to aid the Selectmen and Budget Committee in their consideration of the annual budget. (By Petition)
FAILED 169-283