TEMPLE — Voters at Monday’s annual town meeting will consider changing the town’s fiscal year to match state and school budgets, which run from July 1 to June 30. The town’s financial year now goes from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. March 10 at the Town Hall.

Among the first of the 54 articles is one asking voters to hold the annual town meeting on the second Monday of September instead of in March. This year, that would be Sept. 8.

Voters also will be asked to approve a six-month budget to cover town operations, if they pass the change in the fiscal year. And they will be asked to raise and appropriate $10,800 to pay town officers for six months.

Voters will be asked to extend the terms of current officers for six months, Selectman Jean Mitchell said. Selectman Austin Foss and Road Commissioner Raymond Nile would continue in office until Sept. 8, if voters approve.

If this article does not pass, voters will nominate candidates from the floor and elect a selectman for three years and a road commissioner for two years by written ballot, Mitchell said.

Voters will be asked to have the treasurer, tax collector, town clerk and excise tax collector appointed rather than elected, she said. A resume submitted for these positions provides a more professional way to find a capable person to handle town business, she said.

Another article asks voters to raise $18,000 to pay for a 3 percent discount to those who pay their real estate taxes in full within 30 days of billing. There is also an article asking that real estate taxes be paid by June 30.

Voters will be asked to accept Boyce Park as a gift from John Hodgkins of Yarmouth. 

In a letter to selectmen and included in the town report, Hodgkins offers the 2.4 acres on Intervale Road to the town. The Temple Tigers youth baseball team has played there since 1957, he wrote.

Hodgkins’ only condition is that it forever be known as Boyce Park and be used for recreation, particularly youth baseball. There is a piece of unused land in the 2.4 acres that could be used for volleyball, basketball or other sports for adults and children, Hodgkins told the board.

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