Five county Budget Committee members up for re-election miss filing deadlineBudget committee member Jones believes balance is needed
Rockland — The chairman of the Knox County Budget Committee thinks the concern over members not filing re-election papers with the Secretary of State’s office on time is “no big deal.”
Robert Duke of Rockport said June 27, “We didn’t take out papers to be on the ballot.
“You can be elected to the budget committee, or you can be appointed by the selectmen from the town you serve.”
Duke is one of five budget members of the nine-member panel up for re-election who did not file for vacant seats on the budget committee for the Nov. 6 election. Terms are for four years each.
The five members up for re-election are Elizabeth Dickerson and Tina Plummer of Rockland, Ann Matlack of Spruce Head, Duke, and William Jones of Hope.
All current terms run to Dec. 31, Duke said. “All terms on the committee will not expire until we have deliberated the 2013 county budget,” he said.
The purpose of a quarterly meeting coming up in July is to review the current budget and see how the administration is doing, he added.
William Jones of Hope, who represents Warren and Hope, said he has been thinking about retiring, but has someone in mind to succeed him. Otherwise, he might conduct a write-in campaign, he said.
"The way the commissioners changed their minds on the salary increases, there needs to be some balance," he said, referring to the budget process this spring when the commissioners changed their minds and voted for pay increases after they and the budget committee had agreed to a cap. The commissioners said they would "find" the money in the existing budget to pay for the increases.
The budget committee, unlike some, does have voting power in the process, Jones said.
Dickerson is a Democratic Party candidate for Maine House District 47 that includes Rockland and Owls Head.
“We all forgot the deadline,” she said. “We thought it was Aug. 1. Now we’ll have to see what happens.
“It’s a great little committee. I enjoy being on it,” she said.
She said she did not know whether she would continue if she were appointed to the committee and also elected to the Maine House.
“We’ll have to see what happens,” she said.
Matlack, who represents Friendship, Matinicus, North Haven and St. George, admitted that she, too, forgot the June 1 deadline for filing.
“I will submit papers to be a write-in candidate,” she said. “I would like to be on the committee again.”
Plummer, who is completing her first term, said Thursday that she is “undecided at this time.”
Courier Publications reporter George Chappell can be reached at 207-594-4401, ext. 117. or at firstname.lastname@example.org.