The Selectmen present the following estimate of the probable expenses of their department(s)(for) the current (year) exclusive of grants made at the annual March meeting.
|Compensation1 for land take in Front and other streets||1500|
|Services of the Selectmen and Assessors||550|
|Commissions to Collectors of Taxes||500|
|Abatement2 of Taxes||425|
|Due & Will be required to purchase school books||300|
|Interest due on Thomas Perkins note to 24th instant3||76|
|Do4. Due & 10 percent of Principal of H. Perkins note to 15 Nov||224|
|Extra Bills of Surveyors5 of highways and clearing roads of snow||400|
|Assessors services taking the State valuation6||150|
|Building sea wall near Burying place at Sandy Bay||100|
|School Committee services visiting schools||100|
|Services of Committee & Surveys on Goose Cove||100|
|Printing Town Reports, Tax bills and advertising||35|
|Ordinary repairs on the several Engines7||25|
|Police Officers’ salary $25, Committee on Town Affairs $12||37|
|Mrs Baker, privilege of passing through pasture||25|
|Zachariah Stevens, do the mill dam||10|
|Use of Hall for Town Meetings $15||25|
|Warning Meetings8, Ringing bells, & powder||60|
|Deduct monies in the Treasury not appropriated||-200|
An engine house 2 stories, 15 feet by 19, is asked for in lieu9 of one near Phelps corner, probable cash $250.
A reservoir under the place where Henry Smith’s shop stood, is requested to be made, probably 20 ft. long, 10 ft wide, 6 deep; estimated cost $320.
Sundry10 necessary articles are asked for Engines No. 1, 2, 3, &4 per statements herewith, estimated cost $125.
All of which is respectfully submitted by William Ferson, Selectman
1 Compensation = payment for
2 Abatement = reduction
3 Instant = as of today
4 Do = ”ditto” the same as the above
5 Surveyors = people who measure land
6 State valuation = figuring out property values for the State taxes
7 Engines = fire engines
8 Warning meetings = posting the agenda for the town meetings
9 In lieu = in exchange for
10 Sundry = various
Town Expenses (c. 1800s). Gloucester Archives, Gloucester, MA.