LONDONDERRY — Residents will get more details on the town's proposed operating budget numbers and warrant articles at a public hearing Jan. 20.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. in the Moose Hill Council Chambers at the town offices.

After numerous budget workshops, town councilors will present fiscal year 2021 numbers along with information on a list of warrant articles voters will consider at the ballot box in March.

The proposed operating budget number is approximately $37.6 million with a proposed supplemental budget number at $153,005.

The budget, along with election of town officers makes up a list of warrant articles that may make the March ballot.

Those articles include $650,000 for the town's Roadway Maintenance Trust Fund; $28,000 to support the Geographic Information Systems; $75,000 for Pillsbury Cemetery Expansion; $53,115 for Public Works Department vehicle leases, and $265,000 for Town Hall parking lot paving work that, if approved, will be funded through the Undesignated Fund Balance.

There are also five union contracts under negotiation that may be moved to the ballot.

At a recent Town Council meeting, Chairman John Farrell also noted that town revenue streams are not as sufficient as in past years, mostly shown in commercial revenues coming to the town.

"We have been fortunate in the past," Farrell said, "to raise millions of dollars in commercial revenue to offset costs moving forward. The last 10 years especially."

But moving forward, Farrell said the town will have to "be smart" about looking at other ways to raise revenue to "put more money back in the taxpayers' pockets.

"Our revenue has not been increasing at the same rate it has in the past," Farrell said.

After the upcoming budget hearing, residents will then have an opportunity to consider the budget and warrant articles at the town's deliberative session on Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 a.m. in the Londonderry High cafeteria.

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