Andover looks to solutions for possible FY 2023 shortfall

Dexter Brown, far left, is appointed to the Andover Zoning Board of Adjustment/Planning Commission on Monday night by the Andover Select Board. Screenshot from Zoom meeting.

By Cynthia Prairie
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The Andover Select Board on Monday night discussed a possible shortfall to this fiscal year’s budget, which ends July 1. Member Richard Griswold said he had “done some figuring” and found that after taking out for scheduled payables through the end of the fiscal year, about $45,000 would remain, with the town still having to get through mud season.

Griswold said he estimated the situation based on $212,000 remaining for the rest of the fiscal year budget of $978,000. He included in his estimates three loads of salt, payroll, payroll tax, health insurance, heat, fuel and utilities. Not included in his calculations were mud season contingency and a 12% increase in health insurance.

“There are several (budget) lines over but there are several lines under, which is helping it balance a little,” Griswold said.

Town Clerk Jeanette Haight predicted that a series of upcoming events should help diminish any deficit, including that  “interest rates have gone so high that we have earned a ton of interest on one of the bank accounts that we have.”

Robin Trask asked if American Rescue Plan funds could help at all, and Haight said she would look to see if those funds could be applied to budgeted items, freeing up town funds.

In other action, the board appointed resident Dexter Brown to the final vacancy on the town Zoning Board of Adjustment. And the road crew will be addressing an issue brought up by a Howard Hill resident, who complained about potholes flanking the bridge at the bottom of the road at Route 11, across from Hill Top Road. Haight also said that the process for updating the tax maps has begun.

Also, Robin Trask, Melissa Gates-Perry, Susan Leader and Richard Griswold, all of whom joined the board in 2022 after four members resigned, said that they would be seeking election to their seats at Town Meeting on Saturday, March 4.

The meeting adjourned after about 35 minutes.

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About the Author: Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor more than 40 years. Cynthia has worked at such publications as the Raleigh Times, the Baltimore News American, the Buffalo Courier Express, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Patuxent Publishing chain of community newspapers in Maryland, and has won numerous state awards for her reporting. As an editor, she has overseen her staffs to win many awards for indepth coverage. She and her family moved to Chester, Vermont in 2004.

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  1. Raymond Makul says:

    Rescue plan funds should be used to fund capital improvements, not to plug operating deficits. Andover needs to improve its fire protection. Relying on another town that has nothing stationed in our town is grossly inadequate.