A large dump truck and other new town vehicles form the bulk of the proposed operating capital budget for fiscal year 2020.
The selectmen’s budget calls for $1,009,897 in capital expenditures, which is $172,374 less than the current fiscal year.
The capital budget is used primarily for the purchase of equipment and machinery. “We keep a tight ship,” First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice told The Bulletin. “We utilize our equipment until it has to be replaced. We don’t ask for it ahead of time,” she said.
The largest slice of the capital budget is $357,000 for the public works department, and includes $175,000 for a large dump truck, $50,000 for a departmental truck, $24,000 each for a plow and a sander for the truck, $50,000 for a hot asphalt box for road work, and $34,000 for an equipment trailer.
Town vehicle expenses include $112,000 for police vehicles, $75,000 for fire apparatus, and $45,000 for staff vehicles.
Another heavy-duty request is $115,000 for mowers/grounds equipment for the parks and recreation department.
Computer hardware and software upgrades are significant in the budget request:
- $65,000 is budgeted for computer software, primarily to upgrade computer servers and operating systems from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
- $46,000 is budgeted for computer hardware for information systems.
- $9,780 is budgeted for computer hardware for the fire department.
- $5,000 is budgeted for the town’s GIS computer program.