December 9, 2019

Chester Town Meeting Vote Tuesday on Proposed $12.55 Million Town Budget Plan

CHESTER— Voters will act at a town meeting Tuesday on a proposed $12,555,853 town budget plan for 2011-2012.The annual budget meeting is set to convene at 7:30 p.m. at the Chester Meeting House on Liberty St.

The budget, which generated little comment at an April 26 hearing, includes a $3,668,781 town government budget, a $4,164,069 appropriation for Chester Elementary School, and the town’s $4,723,066 share of the Region 4 education budget.

The Region 4 education budget was approved by the voters of Chester, Deep River, and Essex in a May 3 referendum. The board of finance has decided to transfer $145,000 from the town’s undesignated fund balance to avoid the need for a tax increase to fund the spending plan. The tax rate for 2011-2012 is expected to remain the same at 22.11 mills, or $22.11 in tax for each $1,000 of assessed property value.