Amid some difficult decision-making, town officials deserve appreciation for the discipline they have long exercised concerning the town\u2019s capital spending and debt. The town\u2019s debt peaked near $140 million in the early 2000s when school construction borrowing from the $90-million school bundle followed fast upon the $34-million Scotts Ridge project. Debt is now below half that \u2014 under $61 million come June. Town debt service is $11,523,000 for 2017-18 and falls to $11,037,000 next year \u2014 about $9 million of it principal and $2 million interest. That 4.22% decline will save taxpayers $486,000, almost half a million dollars. This isn\u2019t good luck. Every budget year, officials work to reduce borrowing, going through long lists from department heads and cutting out projects and purchases to hold down the new debt added while paying down the old. The selectmen are currently trying to get a list of 2018-19 capital proposals \u2014 which started much higher \u2014 down from $3 million to about $2.75 million. A school computers and software replacement that affects school security was reduced \u2014 a mistake officials seem sure to correct as budget work continues. But vigilance to constrain borrowing should continue. Back in 2015, the finance board and selectmen moved $1.5 to $2 million in annual road reconstruction from the capital budget \u2014 financed with borrowing \u2014 into the operating budget, paid straight out of taxes. It meant an uncomfortable bump-up to that year\u2019s tax rate increase. But borrowing was lowered about $2 million a year since then, reducing the new debt that gets heaped upon the old and speeding repayment of outstanding debt.