Greene voters to decide property-tax discount


GREENE — A 5 percent discount for early property-tax payments could be eliminated if voters at Saturday’s town meeting approve a measure recommended by the Budget Committee.

Town Manager Charles Noonan said the option for taxpayers to save by paying early has been offered for about 20 years. He said attempts to eliminate it have come up every few years but so far, no change has been made.

The discount is meant to generate an earlier cash flow for the town, but Noonan said the current economy might make it more affordable to borrow money.

The recommendation of selectmen in the town warrant is to continue the discount and, in the next article of the warrant, to appropriate $176,000 for the Tax Discount Expense Account. The Budget Committee recommends no appropriation.

The tax discount articles come early in the town meeting warrant, which has 60 articles for townspeople to consider. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 3, in the Greene Central School gymnasium.

Elections for one selectman and two school board positions will take place Friday, March 2. Kevin Mower is a candidate for re-election to the three-year selectman term and Barbara Dupuis is running for re-election to the three-year school board post. Ronald Nadeau is a write-in candidate for the school board. All candidates are unopposed.

The polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Greene Town Office.

Noonan said another issue to be decided at the town meeting is establishment of a retirement plan for town employees. It would be a simple IRA plan, with the town matching up to 3 percent of employee contributions, he said.

Another article proposes a lease-purchase agreement, not to exceed $68,000 to obtain a dump body, wing, plow and accessories for a 1991-92 rescue vehicle that will be transferred to the town from the Greene Fire Department. Noonan said the rescue vehicle’s mileage is about 8,000.

Another article proposes elimination of a part-time position in the Highway Department, making it a full-time position.