By Anne O'Connor
PEPPERELL -- A Special Town Meeting will be held to see if the town will purchase a new ambulance.
The $290,000 vehicle will be on the agenda June 19. Over 200 voters signed a petition to hold a meeting.
If the meeting decides to fund the ambulance by a debt exclusion, the cost per year for a $300,000 home would be $8.45 for a term of ten years, said Town Administrator Mark Andrews.
The special election already scheduled for June 12 will include a ballot question for an exclusion for the ambulance in case Town Meeting votes to fund it that way. Debt exclusions require approval from both Town Meeting and an election.
The purchase could also be funded through free cash.
The special election will also have three other debt exclusion questions for repairs to schools in the North Middlesex Regional School District. Some of those costs would be refunded by the Massachusetts School Building Authority.
The Board of Selectmen recently voted to regionalize dispatch services. The petition includes a request to discuss that.
"Town Meeting has no authority to alter or rescind the action of the Board of Selectmen in approving the Northern Middlesex Regional Emergency Communication Center," said an opinion from town counsel.
Any action would be advisory.
The regionalization would save the town about $330,000 which can be used to put more police officers and firefighters on the street, Andrews said.
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