Selectmen are proposing a 2022 general fund operating budget of $9,593,608

During Tuesday’s bond and budget hearing, town officials highlighted the proposed budget, along with the challenges in building it, and several bond articles asking for new vehicles, public safety radios, and wastewater treatment plant improvements. Selectmen are proposing a 2022 general fund operating budget of $9,593,608, which carries an estimated tax rate impact of $3.53 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. If Article 7 — which asks voters to authorize $255,500 for a new street sweeper through a 7-year lease-purchase — passes, the proposed budget would be reduced by $67,925, which would reduce the estimated total tax impact to $3.44. Moved into the proposed budget is $555,039 for the town’s ambulance service, money that had been in a revolving fund that voters will be asked to discontinue, said Littleton Town Manager Jim Gleason. The ambulance service will be offset by revenues, of which it last year received $280,000.