Peru to hold hearing on June 14 referendum

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PERU — A public hearing will be held to discuss the 28 articles for the June 14 referendum vote on Tuesday, May 24, at 6 p.m. in the old Peru school.

Town Clerk Vera Parent said the mill rate may be the same or more than last year at 17.2 per thousand of valuation depending on what budget articles are approved in the vote. Parent said the town budget went down a little, but the school budget went up.

One large money item is roads, with a proposed budget of $253,490 for summer roads, which includes $175,190 for tarred roads. The snow removal budget is $93,000.

Town residents will be asked to approve the formation of a conservation commission to include seven residents appointed by the Selectmen. The group will be commissioned to submit within two years a report compiling information on proper utilization, protection and potential development or use of all open areas.

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The purpose is to conserve natural or scenic resources; protect streams, ponds and water supplies; sustain wildlife habitat; expand opportunities for outdoor recreation; and preserve historic sites.

One article will ask if the voters approve taking $15,000 from the undesignated surplus account to establish a Capital Reserve Revaluation Account. The last revaluation was in 2000, and it is recommended that it be done every 10 years. The last quote for a revaluation was $80,500.

The election of town officials will include electing two selectmen: Kathy Hussey and Laurieann Milligan are running for re-election, and Jim Pulsifer is also running.

Bill Hussey is running unopposed for fire chief, and Joe Roach is running unopposed for road commissioner.

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