Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 4, starting at 10 am. This year, school district articles are up for discussion first. Article 2 asks voters to authorize the expenditure of $45,000 to implement the International Baccalaureate Program at Dover School. The international program includes instruction in language and foreign language, social studies, math, science, technology, and the arts. The article would also authorize $31,000 for the program in to be included in the operating budget in subsequent years.
Article 3 asks voters to authorize the expenditure of $20,000 to hire a consultant to make recommendations, proposals, and cost estimates “to enhance, enlarge, and better utilize the school building as a school and community resource.”
Article 5 asks voters to set the tuition the district will pay for independent schools such as Burr & Burton at $15,400.
Article 9, the school budget, asks voters to authorize spending of $2,701,503. Dover School Board has proposed a spending plan that will result in no increase in the homestead education tax rate, despite a 7-cent increase in the state’s rate. One of the ways they’re controlling the tax rate is through Article 10, which asks voters to use $330,000 from the capital reserve fund to offset the tax rate.
On the municipal side, Article 16 asks voters to approve general fund spending of $2,128,539, and Article 16 asks for highway department spending of $1,245,163. Articles 18 through 21 ask voters to raise and appropriate money for reserve funds, including $450,000 for the paving fund, $200,000 for the equipment fund, $100,000 for the building improvement fund, and $65,000 for the Dover legal defense fund. If all of the municipal spending articles are approved, the municipal tax rate will rise by about 2 cents, from 35 cents to 37 cents.