Cheshire annual town meeting preview

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; check-in at 5:30 p.m. Where: Hoosac Valley Middle and High School; face masks required

Highlights: If the proposed budget of approximately £6.65 million passes as is, it would be £139,000 more than the town's tax levy limit and require a Proposition 2 override at a townwide special election. Pot zoning: A citizens petition article on the town meeting warrant calls for a ban on outdoor cultivation of marijuana. Additional citizens petitions ask for cannabis growers to submit annual reports on water use, maintain a 24/7 odor-control system and create a marijuana overlay district for siting all marijuana-related facilities.

All the petitions require a two-thirds majority for approval. School reuse: Voters will consider using £60,000 to hire a design firm to develop a plan for renovation and construction toward converting the former elementary school into a community center and town hall. The firm also will develop plans for a municipal public safety building on the school site.

Article Continues After Budget Fiscal 2021: £6,646,834*

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Increase: 6.2 percent

*Includes all public education costs assessed to the town Line items Article Continues After

£235,000 in surplus toward reducing increase on the property tax rate £130,000 borrowed toward a 1-ton truck for the Highway Department. The loan requires a two-thirds vote for approval and a debt exclusion ballot question at a special town election.

£259,751 in Water Department surplus money to replace water main in and around Arnold Court

-- Dick Lindsay, The Berkshire Eagle

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