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What Are Residents Voting on This Year at Town Meeting?

Town Meeting is slated for the beginning of May in Sudbury.

Town Meeting is approaching. (File Photo)
Town Meeting is approaching. (File Photo)
Annual Town Meeting is just weeks away. And while the proposed police station is likely to be the house topic of discussion that day, it's not the only thing that will be on residents' minds.

So what exactly will Sudbury residents be voting on May 5 inside the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School auditorium? Below is a list of some key warrant articles that will be up for discussion.

In every town, the operating budget is always a critical vote for residents, and Sudbury is no different. Article 4 asks residents to approve a Fiscal Year 15 budget of $84,928,030. That total is an increase over the Fiscal Year 2014 total of $83,719,917.

Included in that number is a proposed school operating budget of $60,357,278, which is up from $59,765,490 in Fiscal Year 2014.

Article 14 asks Sudbury residents if they approve of the construction of a new police headquarters. A two-thirds majority vote is required after the first part of the process passed at the ballot box last month. The cost is expected to be about $7.5 million.

Article 15 asks voters to support the purchase of ambulance and a fire engine to be used by the Sudbury Fire Department. In total, $685,000 would need to be approved by residents for the equipment to be purchased.

Article 23 relates to construction at Nixon Elementary School. If approved, the town would borrow funds that would all it to participate in the Massachusetts School Building Authority's grant program in order to make partial roof, window and door replacements.

Article 32 seeks a total amount no greater than $150,000 for the town to prepare a 25% design plan for the 4.4 miles of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in Sudbury.

Article 33 asks residents for $150,000 that would allow for Sudbury officials to complete a Master Plan for the Melone gravel property. The town is hopeful that the land can be developed for rental housing that would count towards the town's goal of 10% affordable housing.

Visit this link on the Town of Sudbury website, where you can click through and read each Town Meeting article individually.

What are you most passionate about as Annual Town Meeting approaches? Will you attend the meeting and voice your comments or concerns? Let us know in the comments section below.

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