Fall Brewster town meeting set for Nov. 17

Voters to consider a room occupancy tax expansion, capital expenditures and heating assistance for neighbors in need

The Brewster Special Town Meeting will be held on Monday, November 17 at 7 p.m. at the Stony Brook Elementary School. Voters will consider a warrant containing 18 articles.

Among several fiscal decisions, voters will be asked to consider the following:

Article 3 concerns the raising and appropriation of funds for capital and special projects expenditures. In all, approval for multiple items in nine departments totaling $1,477,221.00 is sought. Such items include security enhancements for the town's facilities ($108,413), a new Council on Aging van ($40,000), specialized restraint equipment for the police department ($3,000) and a lightning warning system for Captains Golf Course ($20,240).

Article 5 seeks funding for home heating assistance for Brewster residents in need.

Article 6 seeks approval for special legislation to file for an expanded rooms occupancy tax. The town currently collects 6% for lodgings in bed and breakfasts, hotels and motels. The filing would expand the rooms occupancy tax to home, condominium, apartment, timeshare and cottage rentals (less than 90 days).

Article 9 seeks approval for the acquisition of a vacant parcel of land adjacent to Drummer Boy Park on Route 6A. If acquired, the town would extend a walking trail from Drummer Boy Park to an overlook of the marshes and bay.

Article 11 seeks approval of a general bylaw prohibiting nitrogen fertilizer applications in the "off-season, on impervious surfaces or before or during a heavy rain". The bylaw would also prohibit applications of nitrogen fertilizers "within 100 feet of a wetland resource".

The complete warrant is available for review on the town's website here.


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