Shall the Town of Hampton vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $43,525 for the purpose of adding three new windows to the Children’s Room, which is on the basement level of the Lane Memorial Library. This shall be a non-lapsing appropriating per RSA 32:7, VI and will not lapse until the purpose of this article is completed or by March 31, 2019, whichever is sooner? (Majority vote required)
What it means: if this Article passes, the monies raised would be used to install 3 windows in the Children’s Room in the basement of the library.
Those in favor say: The Children’s Room currently has no windows to the outside of the building. This creates a situation with inadequate lighting, inadequate airflow and poor options in the event of the need for an emergency exit. The room does not meet the updated NH standards. Proponents said that the project cannot be paid for with funds from the Library’s Capital Reserve Fund because that would deplete almost 40%, and that fund is meant for emergencies.
Those against say: Those apposed to this Article did not object to the project itself but raised concerns over appropriating new taxes to cover it as opposed to using existing funds.
Fiscal Impact: The average Hampton home valued at $404,000 would bear an increased tax cost of $5.25 if this Article passes. The tax impact is for this year only.