On the petition of MaryRae Preston and at least 25 registered voters, shall the Town of Hampton raise and appropriate the sum of $50,000 to remove and/or trim dead or dying trees in the Hampton cemeteries for health, safety, and aesthetic purposes.
What it means: The Town of Hampton owns cemeteries in town, the largest of which are the High Street cemetery and the Pine Grove cemetery. There are many trees, and quite a few are dead or dying or have large branches that are compromised. The Trustees put forward Article 46 because they feel that it is a basic maintenance obligation of the Town and that the hazard exists for visitors, cars passing by and neighboring homes (especially true of Pine Grove).
Those in favor say: The cemeteries are on town-owned land and we need to address this safety issue.
Those against say: No one spoke against this Article at Deliberative Session.
Fiscal Impact: The average Hampton home valued at $408,000 would bear an increased tax cost of $6.12. The cost per thousand home valuation is .015.