Waldoboro seeks two for school boardNo input at public hearing
Waldoboro — The town needs to fill two vacant seats on the Regional School Unit 40 board.
Christopher Duffy and Darrell Goldrup recently resigned from the board.
According to Town Manager John Spear there have been no applications so far. Spear had hoped to fill the vacancies at the Oct. 22 selectmen's meeting.
The seats are available on an interim basis — until June 2014. Anyone interested should contact the town office or go on the town's website to access the form.
"This would give an individual the opportunity for a trial run being on the school board," said Spear.
Also at the Oct. 22 meeting, the town held a public hearing regarding the upcoming Special Town Meeting.
Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 5 for the referendum-style town meeting. This will be the third attempt to gain voter approval for the fiscal year 2014 Finance and Customer Service and Police Department budgets as well as to make other budget adjustments to accommodate a projected $106,000 loss in state revenue sharing.
No one spoke at the public hearing and no questions were asked, according to Spear, who had given a brief overview of each warrant article.
"I am very hopeful that the budget will pass this time," said Spear.
Residents will be asked to vote on articles that were unanimously approved by the selectmen and nearly unanimously approved by the budget committee at a joint meeting Sept. 19.
Residents will vote on the following budget items:
— $176,576 for the Finance and Customer Service Department. This was passed 7-0 by the budget committee.
— $586,884 for the Police Department? This was passed 6-1, with Duncan Morrell voting against it.
— $25,000 from the Undesignated Fund Balance to reduce the 2014 tax rate. This passed, but 6-1, with Morrell objecting.
— Whether to reduce the amount appropriated at the June 11 town meeting for Public Works by $9,159 to $695,039. This passed by 7-0.
— Whether to cut the amount appropriated for Planning and Development by $8,830 to $65,499. This also passed 7-0.
— Whether to reduce by $106,000 the sum approved for Intergovernmental Revenues to reduce the 2014 tax rate to $234,463 to accommodate a $106,000 reduction in State Revenue Sharing. This passed by 7-0.
— Whether to add $5,600 to the budget for Other Financing Sources to reduce the 2014 tax rate to $121,526? This passed 7-0.
— Whether to change the payment due date for the first semi-annual installment for 2014 taxes from Nov. 15 to Dec. 3. The selectmen voted 3-2 in favor of changing the due date to Dec. 3 — James Bodman and Ted Wooster opposed.
If the warrant passes Nov. 5, the mil rate will be set and tax bills will go out. Should the warrant fail, the selectmen will have to go back to the drawing board.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at email@example.com.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 13.
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