Shall the Town of Hampton vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $120,000 for the purpose of purchasing software, hardware, and services, including any necessary support items to upgrade the Fire Department’s primary Dispatch, EMS, and records reporting services software, and to replace and upgrade computers and communications equipment and upgrade and outsource the Town’s website hosting services, with said sum of $120,000 to come from the Unassigned Fund Balance. This will be a non-lapsing appropriation per RSA 32:7, VI and shall not lapse until the work is completed or by March 31, 2020, whichever is sooner?
What it means: This will purchase Computer-Assisted Dispatch for the Fire Department, replacing a system that is 14 years old and was developed for Police Departments. It does not fully address the needs of Fire operations.
Those in favor say: The hardware/software will help the Fire Stations to operate more efficiently.
Those against say: No one spoke against this article at the Deliberative Session.
Fiscal Impact: No tax impact because the $120,000 cost would be withdrawn from the Unassigned Fund Balance, meaning that the taxpayers have already paid for it.