A $33.5 million operating budget, renovation of Memorial Wharf, expansion of the town historic district, a new bike path along Meetinghouse Way and substantial improvements to town hall are among the items coming before Edgartown voters at special and annual town meetings next week.

The meetings will be held on Tuesday, April 12, at the Old Whaling Church. The special town meeting begins at 7 p.m., followed immediately by the annual meeting. Moderator Philip J. Norton Jr. will preside. There are 66 articles on the annual warrant and 16 on the special warrant.

The fiscal year 2017 budget is up five per cent, according to town administrator Pam Dolby, driven by salary increases for town employees, increased staffing and debt payments at the new library, increased staffing at the police department, higher costs for medical benefits for town workers, education funding, as well as several capital projects and replacement of town vehicles.

There is no cost of living adjustment budgeted for town employees this year.

Additional staff for the new library will drive up salaries and expenses by $152,473, according to the proposed budget. The town will make the first payments on the bond borrowed to build the new library, approximately $400,000.

“If you deduct those increases, the budget went up three per cent,” Mrs. Dolby said.

The cost of health insurance for town employees will rise to $2.9 million, an increase of $200,000.

The police department budget, up $174,596, includes money for a new officer and extra summer special police officers.

Fire department salaries and expenses are up $63,072. Nearly half the increase is a hike in pay for call firefighters.

The expansion of the town’s historic district is expected to draw a vigorous debate. Adopted in 1987, the current historic district covers the downtown area, including 343 homes and buildings. Architectural changes and demolition of buildings within the district must be reviewed by the historic district commission. If voters approve, the district would expand to include 709 buildings, stretching from the harbor westward to Pease’s Point Way, with a rough northern boundary at Eel Pond and a southern boundary at Dunham Road. The expansion would increase the historic district area from 74 to 183 acres.

“It sounds like it has kicked up a lot of interest,” said Michael Donaroma, chairman of the selectmen. “It affects a lot of people. There seems to be a lot of concern about having to go before boards. You never know what the climate or atmosphere is going to be when you walk into one of these boards. People are nervous. I think the historic district is important for the town. People should say their piece.”

Voters will be asked to approve $500,000 to shore up and renovate Memorial Wharf, the popular public facility at the end of Dock street.

“It’s getting rocky, it needs some new support,” Mr. Donaroma said. “We haven’t done a lot to it for many years.”

The money would be allocated from Community Preservation Act historic preservation funds, which accumulate from a three per cent surcharge on property taxes.

Another article asks voters to spend $350,000 from the CPA accounts to replace heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems at town hall.

“The heating and air conditioning systems are ancient,” Mr. Donaroma said.

Bathrooms in town hall are also slated for renovation as part of the capital improvement project.

Other CPA expenditures on the warrant include $125,000 to pay for the replacement of eroding sand at Fuller Street Beach; $100,000 to build bathrooms near the baseball fields at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School; $100,000 to relocate the electrical box in front of the old library on North Water Street; and $100,000 to go toward the Kuehn’s Way affordable housing project in Vineyard Haven.

A number of town departments are asking to replace vehicles and repair buildings in the coming fiscal year.

The police department is requesting $84,000 to buy and equip two new cruisers, and $85,000 to fix the police station roof. The shellfish department is asking voters for $32,000 to replace a pickup truck, and the water department will ask for $40,000 from the department’s surplus funds to replace a pickup truck. The fire department wants $55,000 to replace a department utility vehicle. The fire department is also asking voters for $260,000 to purchase and equip a new ambulance. The measure must win approval at town meeting, and also at the town election two days after the town meeting, as a Proposition 2 1/2 override ballot question.

Two other big ticket items are also before town meeting and on the ballot as Proposition 2 1/2 overrides.

Voters will decide whether to spend $425,000 to rebuild and resurface town streets. A corresponding ballot questions asks for an additional $350,000 for the same.

A third ballot question would authorize the town to spend $210,000 to build a bike path along Meetinghouse Way. Voters at last year’s town meeting authorized $775,000 to pave the roadway, used often as an alternate route to Katama and South Beach.

Funding for the new Vineyard Haven headquarters of the Martha’s Vineyard Senior Services, operated by the Center for Living, is among the warrant articles addressing service for older residents. The town’s proportionate share of the cost of the new building, and services offered, is $144,136.

Voters will decide whether to pick up funding for the CORE program, administered by the Island’s four Council on Aging programs, in collaboration with Community Services of Martha’s Vineyard. The CORE program will no longer be funded through a grant from the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. The article asks for $15,200 to pay for Edgartown’s share of the Islandwide initiative designed to promote health and safety for people age 55 and over to help them remain in their homes.

“It’s a great program,” said selectman Arthur Smadbeck. “It’s money well spent, and I would hate to see the program go by the boards.”

Scheduled for action late on the town meeting warrant are two regional articles that do not involve taxpayer funds.

Voters will decide whether to accept new flood zone maps created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which add 979 acres of land and 342 additional structures to the current designated flood hazard zones. People who own property newly classified as a flood hazard are likely to be required to buy flood insurance from the federal government, and may face restrictions on future modifications to structures. If the town rejects the new flood maps, it will be ineligible for the federal flood insurance program, and ineligible for emergency federal aid in the event of a hurricane or other natural disaster.

Also on the warrant is a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags, like the kind commonly used at grocery and retail store checkout counters. If approved, the ban would take effect January 1, 2017.

The town election is Thursday, April 14. The only contest is a three-way race for two seats on the board of library trustees.

Town reports can be picked up at the town hall.