North Haven to consider liquor sales at town meeting
North Haven — North Haven residents will decide on a 2.5 percent increase in town expenses, elect new officers and choose whether to allow liquor sales on the island at its annual town meeting Saturday, March 8.
The meeting begins at 9 a.m. at the North Haven Community Building.
The town budget is proposed at $1.97 million, up about 2.5 percent from last year, according to Town Administrator Joseph Stone.
Two questions will face voters on whether to approve the sale of liquor on the island. One question pertains liquor sales on Sundays and the other questions is for the other days of the week. The questions both failed to pass at the 2012 and 2013 town meetings.
The biggest expense in the budget is for the island's medical clinic; $238,960 is being sought from taxes and $125,000 would come from the clinic. A total of $92,324 is also requested for Emergency Medical Services. Of that $81,124 would come from taxes and $11,200 from EMS fees.
Voters will be asked to approve a $225,000 budget for administration, including town officer salaries. Of this amount, $162,700 would come from taxation, while $50,000 would be taken from surplus and $13,000 would be paid from an office fees account.
Town officials are asking for approval of a $100,000 roads and bridges budget that includes road maintenance, patching and tarring, mowing and cutting bushes. If approved, $93,000 would come from excise taxes, $6,200 from the Department of Transportation and $792 from taxpayers. Voters will also be asked to spend $70,000 on snow removal ($58,500 from taxes and $11,500 from excise taxes). The town will also vote on a $2,169 overdraft in the snow removal budget for this year.
Other accounts include: $34,410 for fire department; $150,898 for dept service retirement on a road repaving bond; $78,00 for road repaving; $58,125 for police protection; $119,350 for solid waste and recycling ($59,357 from taxes.
The town will also elect two selectmen, tax assessor, fire chief, road commissioner, two members to the Budget Committee, North Haven Medical Services board member, planning board member, appeals board member, one member to serve on the Mullin's Head Park Commission and two members of the North Haven Recreation Council.
To read the full warrant, go to northhavenmaine.org