Finance fails but most Waldoboro budgets pass

By Andrew Benore | Jun 15, 2012

Waldoboro — Waldoboro voters approved all but two budget articles for municipal departments at the polls June 12 and rejected the proposal to exceed the property tax limit for the overall budget.

The results announced Friday afternoon showed that voters rejected the budget article for the Finance and Customer Service Department ($246,914) with 514 voting yes and 532 voting no.

Voters also said no to appropriating $14,600 for the A.D. Gray Building, with 465 voting yes and 541 no.

Voters also rejected the article to increase the property tax levy limit “established for the Town of Waldoboro by State law in the event that the municipal budget approved under the preceding articles will result in a tax commitment that exceeds that property tax levy limit.” The vote was 410 in favor, with 546 opposed.

Waldoboro voters approved Article 3, the “continuing resolution,” by a vote of 667 to 359. This allows the town to spend up to 3/12 of the previous year's appropriation on a failed budget article.

Voters also rejected a proposal to raise and appropriate $10,000 for an Energy Contingency Reserve Fund, with 438 voting yes and 589 voting no.

Last year, eight budget articles failed at the polls. In 2010, voters also rejected several budget articles. In both of those years, special open traditional town meetings were held to re-consider the budget articles.

Town Manager John Spear said Friday afternoon that he was pleased that voters endorsed more of the municipal budget this year. “I think it helped that voters realize we did take a good, hard look at the budget and tighten it, and we will continue to do that,” Spear said.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Selectmen is set for Tuesday, June 26. The board will include Steve Cartwright, Craig Cooley, Theodore "Ted" Wooster, James Bodman and Carl Cunningham.

Votes on each budget article follow:

Article 4 — $30,372 for the Office of the Selectmen?
Yes: 683
No: 374

Article 5 — $107,282 for the Office of the Town Manager?
Yes: 594
No: 459

Article 6 — $93,515 for the Assessing Department?
Yes: 569
No: 480

Article 7 — $246,914 for the Finance and Customer Service Department?
Yes: 514
No: 532

Article 8 — $58,724 for the Municipal Building?
Yes: 692
No: 325

Article 9 — $547,270 for Emergency Medical Services?
Yes: 791
No: 221

Article 10 — $145,515 for the Fire Department?
Yes: 836
No: 178

Article 11 — $622,107 for the Police Department?
Yes: 582
No: 429

Article 12 — $15,560 for Animal Control?
Yes: 694
No: 314

Article 13 — $9,096 for Emergency Management?
Yes: 616
No: 386

Article 14 — $80,160 for Fire Hydrants?
Yes: 705
No: 300

Article 15 — $17,275 for Street Lights?
Yes: 691
No: 317

Article 16 — $689,673 for Public Works?
Yes: 649
No: 357

Article 17 — $31,648 for General Assistance?
Yes: 785
No: 259

Article 18 — $23,208 for Social Service Agencies?
Yes: 689
No: 366

Article 19 — $40,018 for the Recreation Department?
Yes: 585
No: 473

Article 20 — $22,558 for the Friendship Street School?
Yes: 658
No: 399

Article 21 — $73,150 for the Waldoboro Public Library?
Yes: 643
No: 422

Article 22 — $16,951 for Community Service Agencies?
Yes: 719
No: 292

Article 23 — $72,300 for Planning & Development?
Yes: 543
No: 466

Article 24 — $29,329 for the Shellfish Management Program?
Yes: 757
No: 256

Article 25 — $14,600 for the A.D. Gray Building?
Yes: 465
No: 541

 

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