Shall the Town of Hampton vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $50,000 for the purchase of the following replacement vehicle for the Department of Public Works one replacement yard horse tractor, the replaced vehicle to be traded in if deemed to be prudent by the Public Works Director, Town Manager and Board of Selectmen. This shall be a non-lapsing appropriation per RSA 32:7, VI and shall not lapse until these purchases are completed or by March 31, 2019, whichever is sooner?
What it means: DPW is looking for a used Yard Horse Tractor, a vehicle that helps to transfer trailers of trash or recycling within the Transfer Station, as well as to move salt around. The current truck is a 1980 vehicle that does not have the proper hydraulic connection to engage the pumps in the trailers. Due to the lack of hydraulics, DPW has had to manually empty the trailers to do repairs, and had to cut open a trailer due to a fire in bins that could not be accessed without the hydraulic lift.
Those in favor say: DPW has researched used trucks and they feel they can purchase a reasonable “previously used” vehicle for their purposes and save taxpayers some money.
Those against say: No one spoke against this Article at Deliberative Session.
Fiscal Impact: Approval of this purchase will create an additional tax cost for the average Hampton home valued at $408,000 of $6.12. (Your property value divided by 1000 and multiplied by .015 will give you your tax impact.)