South Thomaston will vote on budget, selectman March 28
South Thomaston — The proposed $1.1 million 2017 town budget is down by 0.62 percent, or about $7,000, as town officials prepare for the March 28 town meeting.
Selectmen and the budget committee met in a series of workshops last month to work on the proposed budget.
Town Administrator Terri-Lynn Baines said $621,675 of the proposed budget will come from property taxes, up less than 1 percent ($5,222) from last year.
The town's debt service is proposed at $26,406 for the coming year, down 65 percent because the town paid off a fire truck.
The budget also includes a 2 percent cost-of-living wage increase for town employees.
Proposed budgets for town departments are as follows:
- General Government, $298,333, up 2 percent from last year.
- Public Safety, $274,913, up 16.6 percent ($39,119)
- Public Works, $216,819, up 4 percent
- Health & Sanitation, $208,562, up less than 1 percent
- General Assistance, $1,500, same as last year
- Culture & Recreation, $2,510, up 35 percent ($650)
- Capital Expense, $10,049, down 65 percent
Baines said increases in wages for both the fire department and ambulance crew are the reason for the increase in the public safety budget. She added that the ambulance budget has money in it this year to cover charges that may occur because of the planned bridge outage.
The town and Maine Department of Transportation plan to replace the bridge on Route 73 in October and November and expect the bridge to be closed to traffic for a time during the project.
Officials said at a recent meeting the bridge could be closed for up to 35 days, to take place between Oct. 3 and Nov. 19.
Selectwoman Cheryl Waterman is running unopposed for another three-year term on the board.
No one turned in nomination papers to run for the three-year Regional School Unit 13 seat held by Christine Curtis. Papers were due Feb. 13.
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