Crocker Farm Elementary Pre-school playground will get $25K to meet ADA requirements
The Joint Capital Planning Committee voted unanimously this morning to support the $3,070,457 FY16 spending plan shepherded to them by Finance Director Sandy Pooler, representing 7.5% of the total town tax levy.
Sources of funds: taxation, ambulance revenues, Chapter 90 state aid, CPA, borrowing
Although the committee still pines for the day when the capital spending rises to 10% of the tax levy.
The only changes from last week were a result of push back by the JCPC on Mr. Pooler delaying $25,000 in to make playground equipment at Crocker Farm Elementary School ADA compliant and $10,000 (out of original $35K proposed) for studies and improvements to a resurging North Amherst Village center. Both items are now back in for FY16, which starts July 1st.
North Amherst Village Center
Saying that this has "emptied the coffers" to cover all the requests from department heads, Mr. Pooler did point out that he reserved $25,000 for Fall Town Meeting to cover the cost of electronic voting devices for 256-year-old Amherst Town Meeting.
Looking down the road Mr. Pooler unveiled a graphic data base that depicts the impact of four major capital projects (South Fire Station, DPW, Wildwood Elementary and Jones Library expansion/renovation) on annual spending if all $57 million were to be covered by borrowing, although some of the projects will probably be financed via a "Debt Exclusion Override".
Since Amherst Fire Department has to protect all this future development it would make sense for the forever talked about new South Fire Station to go first.
Unfortunately, Town Meeting and making sense do not always go hand in hand.
Click to enlarge/read. Red is new fire station