Unity’s Tax Rate to Fall Significantly

Unity — In a little less than two hours yesterday, 65 residents unanimously passed by voice vote all of the articles on the town warrant, including a $969,863 operating budget.

The budget and several separate appropriations totaling nearly $309,000 brought the total approved spending yesterday to $1,278,693, Selectboard Chairman Willard Hathaway said.

The amount to be raised by taxes comes in at $665,711, which is $10,000 less than last year. Hathaway said the board will use $150,000 from its budget surplus from the fiscal year that ended Dec. 31 to reduce the town tax rate by $1.10 per $1,000 of assessed valuation to $4.44. The reduction would lower town property taxes on a $200,000 home by $220 a year to $888.

Special warrant articles approved include:

∎ $26,000 for the revaluation capital reserve fund.

∎ $10,000 for a new monitoring well at the closed landfill.

∎ $10,000 for the well monitoring expendable trust fund.

∎ $40,000 for the highway vehicle capital reserve fund.

The $91,000 approved for road construction and $151,000 for long-term maintenance of roads and bridges will come from a grant and the town’s fund balance, respectively.

The annual school meeting will take place on Saturday, beginning at noon, at Stevens High School. A $350,000 bond issue to finish the new elementary school and a $3.5 million budget with a $4.71 tax rate impact are among the articles to be discussed and voted on from the floor.