Individual Warrant Articles


Appropriating Interest Earned on Bond - To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of ${AMOUNT} for the purpose of {PURPOSE} and to authorize the use of that amount of December 31 (or June 30) fund balance for this purpose. This amount represents the interest earned on bond proceeds that was transferred to the general fund on or before {DECEMBER 31 or JUNE 30}. (Majority vote required)


Balance Sheet Deficit Reduction – School - To see if the school district will vote to raise ${AMOUNT} to reduce the general fund deficit pursuant to RSA 194:3-b. (Majority vote required)


Collective Bargaining Agreements – School - To see if the school district will vote to approve the cost items included in the collective bargaining agreement reached between the {GOVERNING BODY} and the {UNION} which calls for the following increases in salaries and benefits at the current staffing level: Fiscal Year Estimated Increase Fiscal Year Estimated Increase 201X {AMOUNT} 201X {AMOUNT} no amount to be raised for the current fiscal year by the new agreement over those that would be paid at current staffing levels. Recommendations required. (Majority vote required)


Collective Bargaining Agreements – Express – School - To see if the school district will vote to approve the cost items included in the collective bargaining agreement reached between the {GOVERNING BODY} and the {UNION} which calls for the following increases in salaries and benefits at the current staffing level: Fiscal Year Estimated Increase Fiscal Year Estimated Increase 201X {AMOUNT} 201X {AMOUNT} and further to raise and appropriate {AMOUNT} for the current fiscal year, such sum representing the additional costs attributable to the increase in salaries and benefits required by the new agreement over those that would be paid at current staffing levels. Recommendations required. (Majority vote required)


Equipment Lease With Fiscal Funding Clause – Escape Clause - To see if the town will vote to authorize the selectmen to enter into a {NUMBER OF YEARS} lease agreement in the amount of ${AMOUNT} for the purpose of leasing a {PURPOSE}, and to raise and appropriate the sum of ${AMOUNT} for the first year's payment for that purpose. This lease agreement contains an escape clause. (Majority vote required)


Equipment Purchase - To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of ${AMOUNT} for the purpose of purchasing {PURPOSE}. (Majority vote required)


Establish Contingency Fund - To see if the town will vote to establish a contingency fund for the current year for unanticipated expenses that may arise and further to raise and appropriate ${AMOUNT} to put in the fund. This sum to come from {SOURCE}. Any appropriation left in the fund at the end of the year will lapse to the general fund. (Majority vote required)


Other - To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of ${AMOUNT} for the purpose of {PURPOSE}. (Majority vote required)


Other – Blank - No template language.


Supplemental Appropriation – School on Optional Fiscal Year - To see if the school district will vote to raise and appropriate a supplemental appropriation of ${AMOUNT} for {PURPOSE} for the current school year. This amount will be funded from existing revenues. (Majority vote required)


Non-Monetary Warrant Articles


Acceptance of Unanticipated Sources of Funds – School District - Shall the {SCHOOL DISTRICT NAME} accept the provisions of RSA 198:20-b providing that any school district at an annual meeting may adopt an article authorizing indefinitely, until specific rescission of such authority, the school board to apply for, accept and expend, without further action by the school district, unanticipated money from a state, federal, or other governmental unit or a private source which becomes available during the fiscal year? (Majority vote required).


Adopt/Rescind SB2 - Shall we {ADOPT/RESCIND} the provisions of RSA 40:13 (known as SB2) to allow official ballot voting on all issues before the (town/school) on the second Tuesday of (month)? (3/5-majority ballot vote required)


Appoint Agents to CRF or ETF - To see if the town will vote to appoint the {OFFICIAL} as agents to expend from the {NAME OF FUND} previously established in {YEAR}. (Majority vote required)


Change of CRF or ETF Purpose - To see if the town will vote to change the purpose of the existing {NAME OF FUND} to the {NAME OF FUND}. (2/3 vote required)


Discontinue CRF or ETF – Multiple - To see if the town will vote to discontinue the following {CAPITAL RESERVE AND/OR EXPENDABLE TRUST FUNDS}. Said funds and accumulated interest to date of withdrawal, are to be transferred to the municipality's general fund. (Majority vote required) {LIST CRF'S AND/OR ETF'S TO BE DISCONTINUED}


Discontinue CRF or ETF – Single - To see if the town will vote to discontinue the {NAME OF FUND} created in {YEAR}. Said funds, with accumulated interest to date of withdrawal, are to be transferred to the municipality's general fund. (Majority vote required)


Establishing a Special Revenue Fund - Shall we adopt the provisions of RSA 31:95-c to restrict {INSERT PORTION AS A FRACTIONAL OR DOLLAR AMOUNT} of revenues from {SOURCE} to expenditures for the purpose of {PURPOSE}? Such revenues and expenditures shall be accounted for in a special revenue fund to be known as the {NAME} Fund, separate from the general fund. Any surplus in said fund shall not be deemed part of the general fund accumulated surplus and shall be expended only after a vote by the legislative body to appropriate a specific amount from said fund for a specific purpose related to the purpose of the fund or source of revenue. (Majority ballot vote)


Fund Balance Retention – School - To see if the school district will vote to authorize, indefinitely until rescinded, to retain year-end unassigned general funds in an amount not to exceed, in any fiscal year, 2.5 percent of the current fiscal year’s net assessment, in accordance with RSA 198:4-b, II. Such fund balance retained may only be used to reduce the tax rate or for emergencies to be approved by the Department of Education under RSA 32:11. (Majority vote required)


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Special Meeting for Defeated/Amended Collective Bargaining Agreements - Shall the town, if {WARRANT ARTICLE #} is defeated, authorize the governing body to call one special meeting, at its option, to address {WARRANT ARTICLE #} cost items only? (Majority vote)


Tally Vote - Shall the town vote pursuant to RSA 32:5, V-a and RSA 40:13, V-a, to require that all votes on recommendations on budget items or warrant articles by the governing body and budget committee shall be recorded votes and that the numerical tally of such votes shall be printed in the warrant next to the affected warrant article. (Majority vote required)


Tax Impact - To see if the {LOCAL POLITICAL SUBDIVISION} will vote to require that the annual budget and all special warrant articles having a tax impact, as determined by the governing body, shall contain a notation stating the estimated tax impact of the article. (Majority vote required)


Operating Budget Warrant Articles


MBA – Operating Budget – School - To see if the school district will vote to raise and appropriate the budget committee's recommended amount of ${AMOUNT} for the support of schools, for the payment of salaries for the school district officials and agents, and for the payment for the statutory obligations of the district. This article does not include appropriations contained in special or individual articles addressed separately. (Majority vote required)


Operating Budget – School District - To see if the district will vote to raise and appropriate the amount of ${AMOUNT} for the support of schools, for the payment of salaries for the school district officials and agents, and for the payment for the statutory obligations of the district. This article does not include appropriations contained in special or individual articles addressed separately. (Majority vote required)


Operating Budget by Function – School District - To see if the school district will vote to raise and appropriate the {BUDGET COMMITTEE'S or SCHOOL BOARD'S} recommended amount of ${AMOUNT}. (Majority vote required) {PROVIDE DETAILED BREAKDOWN}


Operating Budget – SB2 - Shall the {LOCAL POLITICAL SUBDIVISION} raise and appropriate as an operating budget, not including appropriations by special warrant articles and other appropriations voted separately, the amounts set forth on the budget posted with the warrant or as amended by vote of the first session, for the purposes set forth therein, totaling ${AMOUNT}? Should this article be defeated, the default budget shall be ${AMOUNT}, which is the same as last year, with certain adjustments required by previous action of the {LOCAL POLITICAL SUBDIVISION} or by law; or the governing body may hold one special meeting, in accordance with RSA 40:13, X and XVI, to take up the issue of a revised operating budget only.


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Special Warrant Articles


Appropriate to CRF or ETF From Fund Balance – School District - To see if the school district will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of ${AMOUNT} to be added to the {NAME OF FUND} {CRF OR ETF} previously established. This sum to come from June 30 fund balance available for transfer on July 1. No amount to be raised from taxation. Recommendations Required. (Majority vote required)


Capital Equipment Lease Without Escape Clause - To see if the town will vote to authorize the selectmen to enter into a long-term lease/purchase agreement in the amount of ${AMOUNT} payable over a term of {NUMBER OF PAYMENTS} for {PURPOSE}, and to raise and appropriate the sum of ${AMOUNT} for the first year's payment for that purpose. Recommendations required (2/3 ballot vote required or 3/5 ballot vote if SB2)


Capital Project Fund - To see if the town will vote to approve the {PURPOSE} at a cost not to exceed ${AMOUNT} payable over a term of {UP TO 5} years with an annual appropriation of ${AMOUNT}, and further to raise and appropriate ${AMOUNT} for the first year’s payment. In each of the following {#} years the appropriation of ${AMOUNT} will be contained in the operating budget and the default budget. 2/3rd (3/5th if SB2) majority vote required for passage. Recommendations Required. (Majority vote required)


Establish CRF, Add Funds & Name Agents - To see if the town will vote to establish a {NAME OF FUND} Capital Reserve Fund under the provisions of RSA 35:1 for {PURPOSE} and to raise and appropriate the sum of ${AMOUNT} to be placed in this fund. Further, to name the {OFFICIALS} as agents to expend from said fund (Optional). Recommendations Required (Majority Vote Required)


Establish School ETF, Add Funds & Name Agents - To see if the school district will vote to establish a {NAME OF FUND} Expendable Trust Fund per RSA 198:20-c, V for the {PURPOSE} and to raise and appropriate ${AMOUNT} to be placed in the fund; further to name the school board as agents to expend from the fund (Optional). Recommendations Required. (Majority vote required)


Long-Term Borrowing - To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of ${AMOUNT} (gross budget) for the {PURPOSE}, and to authorize the issuance of not more than ${AMOUNT} of bonds or notes in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Finance Act (RSA 33) and to authorize the municipal officials to issue and negotiate such bonds or notes and to determine the rate of interest thereon; Recommendations required (2/3 ballot vote required, 3/5 ballot vote required if SB2 or applicable charter)


Long-Term Borrowing with 10% Override - Passage of this article shall override the 10 percent limitation imposed on this appropriation due to the non-recommendation of the budget committee.


Other - To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of ${AMOUNT} for the purpose of {PURPOSE}. (Majority vote required)


Other – Blank - No template language.


Revolving Fund – Schools - Shall the school district establish a {NAME} Revolving Fund in accordance with RSA 194:3-c, to be funded by receipts from {TYPE} events, further to raise and appropriate up to ${AMOUNT} for the purpose of supporting {PURPOSE} programs, with said amount to be withdrawn from the revolving fund at {DESIGNATE INTERVALS} as needed. (Majority vote required)


Use of CRF or ETF and Taxation - To see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of {AMOUNT} for {PURPOSE} and authorize the withdrawal of {AMOUNT} from the {NAME OF FUND} created for that purpose. The balance of {AMOUNT} is to come from general taxation. Recommendations Required. (Majority vote required)