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Belmont Planning Board reviewing Capital Improvement Plan

To the Daily Sun,

The Belmont Planning Board will soon begin the annual review and update of the Capital Improvements Program (CIP) which is a multi-year schedule for capital expenditures defined as projects costing in excess of $25,000 with a useful life of at least one year.

The CIP, originally adopted in 2004, is updated annually in response to the actual budget appropriated by the voters at the previous Town Meeting and requests for new or amended capital projects for the upcoming six years.

During this annual update the Board will review capital requests from municipal departments. Members of the public are also invited to suggest needed projects by submitting a completed CIP Funding Request Form which can be obtained in the Belmont Land Use Office at the Town Hall or at http://belmontnh.org/docs/cipdocs/FundingRequestForm.pdf.

The Planning Board will schedule a public hearing and once adopted, the CIP is provided to the Selectmen and Budget Committee for their consideration during the upcoming 2016 budget season.

The CIP is a budgeting tool linking Community Vision from the Master Plan with the implementation of capital projects. The CIP assists the Selectmen and Budget Committee in developing and presenting to the voters an overall budget which avoids unanticipated expenditures by scheduling capital projects over the term of the CIP.

Historic and projected trends in revenues, expenditures and growth are evaluated along with the community's ability to fund the cost of improvements. The projects are prioritized by their placement over the term of the 6-year plan resulting in a more level tax rate impact.

CIP Funding Request Forms with all supporting data to be considered can be submitted to the Land Use Office no later than September 18th. CIP information is available in the Land Use Office and in the Data Center at www.belmontnh.org/datacip.asp.

Peter Harris, Chairman

Belmont Planning Board

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Meeting on Sun. to discuss proposed Abenaki Water rate hike

To the Daily Sun,

Attention, Belmont residents.

If you purchase your water from Abenaki Water Company, be aware that they are proposing a rate increase of 46.95 percent. They have filed with the Public Utilities Commission on Order 25804.

State Sen. Andrew Hosmer will hold a hearing at Briarcrest Community Center, (100 Diamond Place), on Sunday, Sept. 13, at noon.

If you plan to attend and meet with Senator Hosmer to discuss this terrible proposal, please remember that you will be driving in a very private community and the speed limit is 20 mph and it is strictly enforced. Thank you for your compliance.

Don Vachon, President
Briarcrest Estates

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