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of
THE TOWN OF

LEE

NEW HAMPSHIRE



For The Year Ending

June 30, 1989



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TOWN SERVICES

Selectmen's Office, Town Hall, Lee Hill. Office hours: Mon. thru
Fri. 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Selectmen Telephone: 659-5414.

Town Clerk/Tax Collector's Office, Town Hall, Lee Hill. Office hours:
Mon., Wed., Fri. 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Telephone: 659-2964.

Police, Town Hall Annex, Lee Hill. Office hours: Mon. thru Fri. 8 am
to 12 pm and 1 pm to 5 pm. The police handle dog complaints.
Telephones: EMERGENCY NUMBER 868-2400; all other
police business: 659-5866.

Fire Department: Fire Station, Mast Road. Permits required for all
outdoor fires. For permit call Fire Warden Michael Main
659-3982 or Deputy Fire Warden Roger Comeau 659-3998.
Telephone: EMERGENCY NUMBER 868-2400.

Ambulance Service: The McGregor Memorial Ambulance Service.
Telephone: EMERGENCY NUMBER 868-2400.

Code Enforcement Officer: Allan Dennis, Mast Road. Office hours:
Mon. thru Fri. 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Telephone: 659-5414.

Highway Department, behind the Fire Station, Mast Road.
Randolph Stevens, Road Agent
Telephone: 659-6515.

Planning Board, Planning Assistant: Juno Keniston, Town Hall, Lee
Hill. Office hours: Tues. and Fri. 9 am to 3 pm and Wed. 9 am
to 12 noon.
Telephone: 659-5414.

Zoning Board of Adjustment, Town Hall, Lee Hill. Office hours:
Tues. and Fri. 9 am to 3 pm and Wed. 9 am to 12 noon.
Telephone: 659-5414.

Lee Library, Lee Hill. Hours of operation: Mon. & Thurs. 1-5 pm,
Tues. 6-8 pm, Wed. 1-5 pm & 6-8 pm and Sat. 10 am-12 noon
and 2-5 pm. Closed on Fri. and Sun.
Telephone: 659-2626.

Transfer Station & Recycling Center: Mandatory separation glass,
aluminum cans, newspaper & cardboard. Hours of operation:
Tues. & Thurs. 1 pm to 6 pm; Sat. 9 am-5 pm. Use of facility
by PERMIT ONLY.



ANNUAL REPORTS

of the
Town of

LEE

NEW HAMPSHIRE



For the Fiscal Year Ending
December 31, 1989



Printed and Bound By

CGC/Center for Graphic Communication

Portsmouth, NH

1990



TABLE OF CONTENTS

Page

In Memoriam 4

Transitions 7

Town Officers 8

Minutes of the 1989 Town Meeting 12

Summary of Inventory 38

Schedule of Town Property 39

Selectmen's Report of Expenditures 40

Summary of Payments 48

Treasurer's Report 49

Auditor's Report 1988 52

Auditor's Report 1989 73

Report of Town Clerk 93

Report of the Tkx Collector 94

1990 Town Warrant Insert 1

1990 Town Budget Insert 7

Article II -Building Regulations Ordinance Insert 13

Report of the Trustees of the Trust Funds 97

Report of the Lee Library 99

Report of Lee Library Trustees 101

Report of the Friends of the Town of Lee Library 102

Report of the Planning Board 103

Report of the Zoning Board of Adjustment 105

Report of Solid Waste Committee 107

Report of the Conservation Commission 109

Report of the Police Department Ill

Report of the Building Inspector 115

Report of the Fire Department 116

Report of the Highway department 117

Durham Ambulance Corps 118

Report of the Recreation Commission 121

Report of Lamprey Health Care 123

Report of Squamscott Home Health & Statistical Report ... 124

Report of Lamprey Regional Solid Waste Cooperative 125

Vital Statistics 127

Marriages 128

Births 129

Deaths 131

1989 Property Valuations 132



ANNIE PIPER
1891-1989

Like many New Hampshire residents, Annie Piper spent her
childhood in Massachusetts, moving to the Granite State shortly
after graduating from Haverhill High School in 1908. After residing
in Manchester, Raymond, and Nottingham, she came to Lee in 1919
as the bride of Charles Piper, a lifelong local resident and recently
returned veteran of World War I. Lee was then a small rural com-
munity of 475 people.

Annie soon became involved in the local concerns of her new town
and in 1931 was elected to the Lee School Board, where she served
three terms. During these years of the Great Depression, Annie and
her two colleagues on the board were responsible for overseeing the
education of some 60 students -grades one through eight -in three
one-room schoolhouses located in North, Center, and South Lee. In
1935 the voters approved a budget for the district of $5,700 -half of
which was earmarked to pay the salaries of four teachers. Annie was
especially pleased when her daughter, Myra, was commended by the
Superintendent for perfect attendance ("Not absent nor tardy") dur-
ing the previous year.

In the March town meeting of 1942, only a few months after Pearl
Harbor and American entry into World War II, Annie was elected
town clerk, a post she held for twenty-four years, until retirement
in 1966. As was then customary in small New Hampshire towns, she
operated the town clerk's office out of the kitchen and living room
of the Piper homestead on High Road, where she and her husband,
Charles, lived, and where Charles ran the family dairy farm.

During these busy years, Annie maintained an active membership
in numerous fraternal and civic organizations, including the
Jeremiah Smith Grange, the Lee Historical Society, and the Fire
Department Auxiliary. Even after retiring as town clerk, at age
seventy-five, she continued to serve the residents of Lee as notary
public and justice of the peace. Her energy and warmth, and her will-
ingness to help people, impressed everyone who knew her. Annie
Piper lived a full and productive life: her sixty-four years as a resi-
dent of Lee enriched her friends and the community she served so
well.



THOMAS BROWN

1913-1989

When the voters of Lee established a Planning Board and a Zon-
ing Board of Adjustment in the early 1960s, the Selectmen appointed
Tom Brown to serve as the town's first building inspector. He held
this post from 1963 to 1968, enforcing the local codes in a firm but
courteous manner that served as a model for his successors.

Tom was a New Hampshire native who grew up in Dover and
graduated from Dover High School. After joining the New Hamp-
shire National Guard in 1939, he served in World War II as a member
of an Army Artillery battery in the South Pacific Theater; he retired
from the Army Reserves in 1953, with the rank of captain.

A resident of Lee for 39 years, Tom was an active member of the
Jeremiah Smith Grange and the Lee Congregational Church. Along
with his wife, Jean, who served on the town Conservation Commis-
sion, Tom held a deep attachment to the countryside of Lee and sup-
ported efforts to protect the land and the natural resources of his
neighborhood and community. He will be remembered by all who
knew him as a decent, caring person and a good citizen of Lee.



TRANSITIONS

The town of Lee lost the services of two dedicated employees this
year when Helen MacDonald retired as town librarian and Peggy
Rochette resigned as planning assistant.

A native of California, Helen MacDonald came to Lee in 1934, at
a time when Mast Road was still unpaved and the town library was
located upstairs in the town hall. She was named town librarian
following the death of Elizabeth George, who had held the post for
many years. Over the next twenty years, Helen worked diligently
to improve the quality and scope of library service in the town. She
was especially successful in developing innovative programs for
children. Under Helen's leadership, the library became a center of
town activity, a quietly cheerful place where visitors were welcomed
and made to feel at ease.

Peggy Rochette moved to Lee in 1974 as a resident of Granger
Drive, one of the town's post-World War II subdivisions. For the past
ten years she served as assistant to the Planning Board and the Zon-
ing Board of Adjustment. Peggy played a key role in updating and
refming the town's land-use ordinances, providing the Planning
Board with competent, professional assistance. Last year she took
up the fight against Senate Bill 67, which, in its original form, posed
a severe threat to Lee's gravel-pit regulations. Peggy was a source
of strength to the town, a tenacious defender of the community
interest in matters of growth and development.

Peggy Rochette and Helen MacDonald contributed much to the
town and they will be missed.



TOWN OFFICERS

MODERATOR
Dale T. Swanson, 1990

BOARD OF SELECTMEN

Joseph P. Ford, Chairman 1990

Dwight E. Barney 1991

Jay S. Grumbling 1992

TOWN ADMINISTRATOR

S. Lee Buchanan-Gregory

INTERIM TREASURER
John W Corey 1990

TOWN CLERK - TAX COLLECTOR
Penelope A. Stetson 1990

DEPUTY TOWN CLERK - TAX COLLECTOR
Suzanne DeRocchi

PART-TIME SECRETARY/RECEPTIONISTS

Donna F. Eisenhard
Juno A. Keniston

BOOKKEEPER
Faye E. Keniston

SUPERVISORS OF THE CHECKLIST

Joan Seeley, Chairman 1990

Clara Kustra 1992

Natalie Allan 1994

TRUSTEES OF THE TRUST FUNDS

Renata Dodge, Chairman 1990

Marion Stevens 1991

Eunice Moriarty 1992

LIBRARY TRUSTEES

Catherine R. Swanson, Chairman 1990

Barbara McNamee 1991

Mildred Woodward 1992



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LIBRARIAN

Linda Morrill

Former Librarian Helen D. MacDonald retired
after twenty years of service to the town.

ASSISTANT LIBRARIAN
Cheryl DeVoter

ROAD AGENT
Randolph Stevens

AUDITORS

Unfilled

Unfilled

Professional Auditors: Plodzik and Sanderson, P.A.

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER & HEALTH OFFICER
Allan Dennis

STRAFFORD REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION

John Damon
Brian Giles

PLANNING ASSISTANT
Juno A. Keniston

PLANNING BOARD

James Miller, Chairman

John Lacourse, Secretary

John McLean

Gil Priestley

Charles Ashley

Mark Belliveau

Dwight Barney, Selectmen's Representative

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT

Dale Swanson, Chairman

James Banks, Clerk

Robert Tuttle

Deborah Winslow

Edwin McNelly

Barbara Ashley, Alternate

Wallace Dennis, Alternate



CONSERVATION COMMISSION

David N. Allan, Chairman

Jeannette Roberts, Treasurer

L. David Meeker

Eileen Miller

Richard Weyrick

Donald Quigley

Sally Fleming

ADVISORY BUDGET COMMITTEE

J. Philip Stetson, Chairman 1990

Stephen Woodruff, Secretary 1991

Irving Steffen 1990

Richard Wellington 1991

Bonnie Winona Whittemore 1992

Paul McGann 1990

Joseph P. Ford, Selectman, Ex-officio

SCHOOL DISTRICT BUDGET STUDY COMMITTEE

Natalie Allan, Chairman

Roderic MacKay, Secretary

David Ronco

Cynthia Nizzari-McClain

Dwight Barney, Selectman, Ex-officio

RECREATION COMMISSION

Linda Schier, Chairman

Annemarie Gasowski Donna Brownell

Charles McClain Derrick Willson

Robert Henry, Alternate

Suzanne DeRocchi, Alternate

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Brian Burke, Chief

Donn Mann, Jr., Sergeant

Donald LaLiberte, Officer

Bobby Ray Joslin, Officer

Jacqueline Blandin, Secretary

James Gardner Steven Conney

Michael Lewis William Williams

Michael Wrenn Monty Curtis

Scott Clark Robert Dyer, Jr.



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FIRE DEPARTMENT

G. Michael Main, Chief

Roger Comeau, Captain

Richard Wellington, Lt. Richard Doucette, Lt.

Jeffrey Comeau Ellsworth Garrity, Jr.

Oliver Kennard, Jr. Peter Hoyt

Karl Gerhard John DeVoter

Joseph Lombardo James Brown

Mark Kustra Paul St. Pierre

Roger Hayden Richard Smith

Jeffrey Brown Alan LaPointe

Daniel LaRoche Karen Long

Jack LaRoche David Miner

George Pevear Warren Hatch

LAMPREY REGIONAL SOLID WASTE COOPERATIVE
Joseph P. Ford

SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL COMMITTEE

Russell Valentine, Chairman
Paul Bowles Donald Quigley

Richard Weyrick Steven Haendler

James Banks Randolph Stevens

CIVIL DEFENSE DIRECTOR
Dale Hardy

OVERSEER OF PUBLIC WELFARE
S. Lee Buchanan-Gregory



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MINUTES OF THE 1989 TOWN MEETING
LEE, NEW HAMPSHIRE
MARCH 14, and 15, 1989

The March 1989 Town Meeting for the Town of Lee, New
Hampshire was called to order at 8:00 a.m. at the Mast Way School
on Tuesday, March 14, 1989 by the Town Moderator, Dale T. Swanson.

Sworn in by the Moderator at ballot clerks were: David Allan,
Derek Seeley, Ernest Langlois, Faye Keniston, and Nancy Richmond.
Sworn in as Deputy Moderators were: Cathy Swanson and Suzanne
DeRocchi. Also present from the Board of Selectmen were: Wallace
Dennis, Dwight Barney and Joseph Ford. Form the Supervisors
of the Checklist, the following were present: Joan Seeley, Natalie
Allan, and Clara Kustra. Penelope A. Stetson, The Lee Town Clerk
was also in attendance.

Articles 1 through 111 were moved by Mr. Barney and seconded
by Mr. Dennis. The following articles were voted by ballot on March
14, 1989:

Article I: To choose all the necessary Town Officers for the ensuing
year.

For Selectman (for Three years):

Jay S. Grumbling 230

Michael A. Sirois 186

For Trustee of the Trust Funds (for three years):

Eunice A. Moriarty 372

For Library Trustee (for three years):

Malcolm M. Paterson 74

Mildred B. Woodward 309

For Treasurer (for three years):

Donna F. Eisenhard 387

For Advisory Budget Committee (for three years) Vote for Two:

Robert L. Gregory 126

Paul G. McGann 148

John R. Wheeler 214

Bonnie Winona Whittemore 205



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For Advisory Budget Committee (for two years):

Richard H. Wellington 356

For Auditor for Two Years:



Article II: To see if the Town will vote to adopt amendments to
the Building Regulations Ordinance as proposed by the Lee Planning
Board pertaining to : replacement of mobile homes, driveway
approval, updating referenced codes, occupancy permits, site
approval for expansion of commercial building, and septic system
design.

1. Are you in favor of the adoption of Amendment # 1 as proposed
by Lee Planning Board to the Lee Building Regulations as follows:

Amending Article III A by the addition of the words "or
replacement" such than: Permits must be obtained for the placement
or replacement of mobile homes on site?

Yes 321 No 103

2. Are you in favor of the adoption of amendment # 2 as proposed
by the Lee Planning Board to the Lee Building Regulations as follows:

Amending Article III C to require driveway approval from
an appropriate state or local official prior to issuance of a building
permit?

Yes 294 No 126

3. Are you in favor of the adoption of amendment # 3 as proposed
by the Lee Planning Board to the Lee Building Regulations as follows:

Updating referenced codes for adoption as follows:

1985 BOCA National Plumbing Code
1988 Life Safety Codes?

Yes 356 No 58

4. Are you in favor of the adoption of amendment # 4 as proposed
by the Lee Planning Board to the Lee Building Regulations as follows:

Amending Article V pertaining to final property inspection
to add: Occupancy permits shall be issued following final inspection
for any new dwelling unit to include additions, new homes, and
garages attached unattached?

Yes 244 No 171



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5. Are you in favor of the adoption of amendment # 5 as proposed
by the Lee Planning Board to the Lee Building Regulations as follows:

Amending Article VI pertaining to site approval for commercial
building to include "additions or expansion of any commercial or
public building?

Yes 346 No 70

6. Are you in favor of the adoption of amendment # 6 as proposed
by the Lee Planning Board to the Lee Building Regulations as follows:

Amending Article X L(B4) pertaining to design of septic systems
to add: One of the two approved testpits shall be located within
the designed leachfield area?

Yes 348 No 65

ARTICLE ni: To see if the Town will vote to adopt the changes
proposed by the Lee Planning Board to the Lee Zoning Ordinance
pertaining to relocation of the Earth Removal Regulations,
clarification of special exception use; signs, expansion of the
commercial zone and commercial land use.

1. Are you in favor of the adoption of amendment # 1 as proposed
by the Lee Planning Board to the Lee Zoning Ordinance as follows:

Amending the Ordinance by the deletion of Article X pertaining
to Earth Removal Operations and relocating this Article in entirety
in Site Plan Review Regulations for the Town of Lee?

Further, amending Article IV to add: Commercial excavation
shall not be permitted in the residential zone unless by Special
Exception from the Board of Adjustment. Site approval shall be
required from the Planning Board before commercial excavation
in any zone (in accordance with Earth Removal Regulations, Site
Plan Review Regulations, Town of Lee?

Yes 336 No 70

2. Are you in favor of the adoption of amendment # 2 as proposed
by the Lee Planning Board to the Lee Zoning Ordinance as follows:

Amending Article IV C to add: Where the criteria set forth
for accessory use cannot be satisfied, the following uses may be
permitted by special exception from the Board of Adjustment.
Any use not deemed accessory or permitted by Special Exception
shall be prohibited?

Yes 282 No 103



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3. Are you in favor of the adoption of amendment # 3 as proposed
by the Lee Planning Board to the Lee Zoning Ordinance as follows:

Amending Article V by the addition of A 4 as follows:
Commercial excavation shall be permitted in the Commercial Zone
in accordance with an excavation permit issued by the Lee Planning
Board ( Earth Removal Regulations, Site Plan Review)?

Yes 342 No 67

4. Are you in favor of the adoption of amendment # 4 as proposed
by the Lee Planning Board to the Lee Zoning Ordinance as follows:

Amending the Ordinance by the deletion in entirety of Article
IX pertaining to signs and the substitution of a new article which
permits increased sign size, defines and clarifies specific types
of signs permitted by zone and according to property use, and sets
forth regulations therefore?

Yes 301 No 101

5. Are you in favor of the adoption of amendment # 5 as proposed
by the Lee Planning Board to the Lee Zoning Ordinance as follows:

Amending Article V to increase the Commercial Zone to
include the land five hundred (500) feet south of the Route 4
right-of-way from the Lee/ Barrington town line to a point 1000
feet east of the junction of Routes 125 and 4. Also to include the
land five hundred (500) feet east and west of the Route 125
right-of-way from the Lee traffic Circle south to the junction
of Steppingstone Road?

Yes 305 No 106

6. Are you in favor of the adoption of amendment # 6 as proposed
by the Lee Planning Board to the Lee Zoning Ordinance as follows:

Amending Article V ( Commercial Zone) by the addition of
a section entitled "Applicability" which clarifies status of special
exception and grandfathered use and which considers a parcel split
by zones to be wholly in that zone which comprises 75% or more
of the total acreage?

Yes 313 No 85

7. Are you in favor of the adoption of amendment # 7 as proposed
by the Lee Planning Board to the Lee Zoning Ordinance as follows:

Amending Article V ( Commercial Zone) by reducing the
required setback from side and rear lot lines from one hundred
(100) feet to fifty (50) feet and from two hundred (200) feet to
one hundred (100) feet when such lot abuts a residential property



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(when such lot is permitted by special exception, setback shall
be two hundred (200) feet from residential property lines?

Yes 231 No 174

8. Are you in favor of the adoption of amendment # 8 as proposed
by the Lee Planning Board to the Lee Zoning Ordinance as follows:

Amending Article V (Commercial Zone) by the addition of
the following: In a case where more than one commercial use or
structure is proposed, lot size shall be at minimum 85,000 square
feet for the first use and 25,000 square feet of net developable
area for each additional use?

Yes 299 No 95

9. Are you in favor of the adoption of amendment # 9 as proposed
by the Lee Planning Board to the Lee Zoning Ordinance as follows:

Amending Article V ( Commercial Zone) by reorganization
and clarification of commercial use including buffers, aquifer
protection, frontage, density, access and applicable regulations?

Yes 340 No 64



The Moderator closed the polls at 7:00 p.m. and recessed
the 1989 Town Meeting until 7:30 p.m. March 15, 1989

Prior to reconvening the town meeting, the following officers
were sworn in by the Town Clerk, Penelope Stetson: Jay Grumbling
as Selectman; Donna Eisenhard as Treasurer; Mildred Woodward
as Library Trustee; Richard Wellington and Bonnie Winona
Whittemore to the Advisory Budget Committee.

The town meeting for the Town of Lee, New Hampshire was
reconvened at the Mastway School on Wednesday March 15, 1989
at 7:30 p.m. by the Moderator Dale Swanson for the purpose of
acting upon Article IV through XXXI of the 1989 Town Meeting
Warrant. Following some brief announcements and procedural
comments by the Moderator, the results of the voting of the previous
day were announced.

Selectmen Ford presented a resolution in honor of retiring
Selectman Wallace Dennis. The resolution follows:

As Wally Dennis decided not to seek a fifth term this year
as a member of the Board of Selectmen, and whereas Wally has
been an active participant in Lee Town Government for more than
22 years, having served 12 years on the Board of Selectmen and
ten years as a member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, and
whereas Wally has in these years, given generously of his time



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and energy to help solve the problems facing a rapidly growing
community and whereas Wally has always been decent a and
considerate colleague whose good judgement and common sense
have been an asset to the town, now therefore be it resolved, that
we, the citizens of Lee, in Town Meeting assembled do express
to Wally Dennis our appreciation for his many years of public service
and wish him well for the future.

Article IV: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate
such sums of money as may be necessary to defray the Town charges
for the ensuing year for general government, including town officer's
salaries and expenses, election and registration, town building
expenses, employees' retirement and social security, civil defense,
police department, fire department, conservation commission,
insurance, planning and zoning, legal expenses, public library, public
welfare of town poor, cemeteries and abandoned cemeteries, dog
care and damages, debt service on temporary loans, bulk gas, special
duty. Lamprey Regional Solid Waste Cooperative, town reports,
recreation Oyster River Youth Association, appraisal of property,
and contingency fund.

Article IV was moved by Selectman Ford and seconded by
Selectman Dennis. Mr. Ford moved to raise and appropriate the
sum of $978,985 to defray the town charges for the fiscal year
1989-90 to be apportioned as follows:



Town officers' salaries


43,462


Town officers' expenses


72,599


Election and registration


11,000


Cemeteries


7,400


Town Hall & Other Buildings


15,600


Appraisal of Property


6,500


Property Appraisal Support


5,000


Planning and Zoning


17,100


Legal Expenses


13,000


Contingency Fund


8,800


Police Department


144,862


Fire Department


44,610


Civil Defense


100


Dispatch Center


15,000


Highway Department


182,000


Transfer Station


88,600


Lamprey Cooperative


77,648


Dog Care


1,500


General Assistance


15,000


Library


40,682


Recreation


2,000


Oyster River Youth Asso.


12,294


Interest


4,000


Retirement & PICA


36,000


Insurance


62,500


Special Duty


16,000


Bulk Gas


8,000


Code Enforcement


27,728



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A comparative budget analysis was distributed of the fiscal
years 1988-89 and 1989-90 ( a copy of this handout is made part
of these minutes.) Mr. Ford presented an overview of the budget
prior to receiving questions and comments. He stated that the
percentage increase over last year is 10.8% which is the smallest
increase in five years.

Not included in the municipal budget proposal are special
warrant articles totalling $ 190,420 compared with 1988-89
appropriations of $213,073. This included the purchase of a new
fire truck for $72,000. The total appropriations requested for the
1989-90 fiscal year including special warrant articles is $1,169,405
compared to last years of $1,096,995 or an increase overall of 6.6%.

The estimated county tax is $342,488, an expected increase
of 25% over last years' $273,990. The estimated school district
payment is $2,652,313 which an expected increase of 16% over
last years $2,286,370.

Mr. Ford emphasized that the county tax and the school tax
are paid entirely through the property tax. A portion of the town
budget is paid for by other funds. Estimated sources of revenue
should total $576,417. Nonproperty tax revenue includes motor
vehicle tax (approximately $210,000), Resident tax ($23,000), interest
and penalties ($36,000). Aid from the state includes a highway
block grant of about $48,000 and shared revenue of approximately


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