Here’s a link to the Article as it will appear on the Ballot:
What it means: This clock that was given as a gift to Hampton in 1897, and was a part of our town center for many years. It came crashing down during a fire decades ago. It was rescued by townspeople, only to be relegated to the basement of Town Hall for a number of years. At some point, a concerned group of citizens got access to the clock and have been working on their own dime and with donated energy to restore it. They have made progress, but have now been advised that it is best to proceed with the assistance of a restoration professional. About half the money needed has been raised through private donations and the sale of bricks that would surround the clock at its new location. The funds requested via this Article would match those already raised, and would fund bringing the clock back to functionality.
Those in favor say: This Town-owned clock is part of our heritage dating back to 1897 and should be salvaged. Individual taxpayers have cared enough about this to dedicate many hours to restoring it, but now need the help of Hampton homeowners. More information on the history of the town clock is available on the Lane Library website.
Those against say: Prior to the need for professional services to restore the clock, it was presented as something that could be done with private funds. Some people think the funds needed should continue to be raised by private efforts and donations.
Fiscal Impact: The average Hampton home valued at $329,000 would bear an increased tax cost of $8.87 if this Article passes.