The $2.7 million proposed town budget is down less than a percent ($12,892) from last year’s budget, according to Town Manager Valmore Blastow.

He described the budget as being flat with last year.

The $1.7 million that will have to be raised in property taxes to support the proposed budget is up about 5.5 percent ($90,870) from last year.

Town officials estimate that the total mil rate will be $16.11 per $1,000 of assessed property value, up from $15.77. Of that property tax rate, $5.44 would support the municipal budget, $1.14 would support the county budget and $9.53 would support the school budget.

The property taxes are increasing due to a decrease in the revenues the town receives from sources other than property taxes. In terms of State Revenue Sharing, the town has seen a $218,746 reduction in revenues over three years, according to Blastow.

Residents will vote on the proposed budget during the annual town meeting 7 p.m., June 15 at the American Legion. The town election will be held 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 14 at the American Legion.

The budget has been reviewed by both the budget committee and the selectmen.

Blastow said the budget includes 1 percent pay increases for town staff.

“The significant increases are in two departments, all the others are reduced,” Blastow wrote in a memo to the selectmen and budget committee Feb. 16. “The two are public works and assessors.”

The proposed public works budget is $422,353, up 9,707 (2.35 percent) from last year. Blastow said the public works increase revolves around winter storm maintenance of roads for sand, salt and fuel.

The proposed salary for Assessors Agent David Martucci is $25,755, up 36 percent ($6,820) from last year. “The assessors are requesting the hours increase for the agent from 18 hours a week to 24 hours,” Blastow wrote.

The proposed $335,481 general government budget is down by $693.

That budget includes $9,772 for selectmen, up 1 percent ($96) and the town manager’s salary of $67,773, up 2 percent ($1,335). Blastow said his pay is increasing more than 1 percent due to his 20-year step increase.

The proposed buildings budget is $90,345, same as last year.

The police department budget is $282,421, down $947.

The $95,767 fire department budget is down $1,220 (1 percent).

The ambulance budget is $103,537, up $142.

The transfer station fees of $209,000 are down by $1,000 from last year.

The financial assistance budget, which includes general assistance, charity fuel and other charitable is proposed at $20,000, down 33 percent ($10,000) from last year. Blastow said the demand for general assistance spiked around 2008. He said it appeared to be settling down in 2010-2011. If some money is left over in that line of the budget from last year, it will be carried forward to help with general assistance next year, he said. The town budgeted $30,000 last year and had expended $11,970 by Dec. 31.

The recreation director salary has been proposed at $32,445, up $1,833 from last year.

The amount proposed for a number of social service agencies including Mid Coast Mental Health, Coastal Trans and Humane Society of Knox County is $13,868, the same as last year.

The proposal for the Thomaston Public Library is $25,650, same as last year.

Residents will be asked at town meeting to raise $75,200 plus another $21,495 from undesignated funds for paving projects Hyler, Dunn, Green, Main, Gay, Sunset, Ship, Pine and Pleasant streets.

Townspeople will also be asked to approve replacing the 1990 dump truck with a new wheeler dump truck with a plow and sander at an estimated cost of $160,000. Blastow said $50,000 of the cost of this is offset by the fact that the sewer debts in the budget have been reduced this year to $100,000, down from $150,000 last year.

In addition, the dump truck would be paid for with $50,669 from the dump truck reserve and $60,000 from the undesignated fund balance.

The town will also vote on whether to buy a new fire pumper at $350,000 to replace a 1982 pumper. This would be paid for with more than $100,000 from the fire apparatus reserves, $175,000 from the Dragon Products TIF, $50,000 from debt reduction and $25,000 from the undesignated fund balance.

The total cost of the two trucks is not included in the $2.7 million figure Blastow gives as his operating budget total. Instead, he breaks out how they will be funded in the town meeting warrant articles, as explained above.

Townspeople will vote on whether to borrow $250,000 for improvements to the Thomaston Green, including construction of roads, sewers, storm drains, sidewalks and water lines. The warrant article notes the voter approval gained at a special town meeting in February 2009 for the Thomaston Green Downtown Revitalization Tax Increment Financing District. The loan will be repaid through the TIF district, not through property taxes, the warrant article states.

Residents will vote on whether to spend $20,000 to resurface sidewalks as part of an ongoing program.

Residents will also vote on some ordinance changes at town meeting. The proposed changes to the land use ordinance include adjusting the town’s minimum parking requirements from one space per 250 square feet of retail space to one space per 350 square feet of retail space, reducing the number of parking spaces. This item could be significant in terms of the proposal to build a 150,000-square-foot super Walmart on Route 1.

School and county

While the municipal budget is flat, residents can expect an increase in property taxes driven by increases in the school budget.

Thomaston will have to raise $3,100,968 for its share of the Regional School Unit 13 budget, up 1 percent from last year. While Rockland and Thomaston are seeing increases, other towns in the school district are seeing decreases.

Thomaston’s share of Knox County’s budget and dispatch costs is $369,443, up $6,577 (2 percent).

Election update

Residents will elect two selectmen to three-year terms on the board at the June 14 election.

Incumbents Peter Lammert and Lee-Ann Upham have taken out nomination papers to run for re-election to these seats. Lammert has turned his in. Terry Colson Jr. has also turned in nomination papers to run for a seat.

A one-year seat previously held by Nancy Carter on the board of selectmen is also up for election this year. Carter has submitted her resignation to the town, effective at the time of the election and town meeting. Paul Chamberlin and Richard Robinson have taken out nomination papers for the seat.

A three-year term on the board of assessors is up for election. Peter Lammert, the incumbent, has returned papers to run for this seat.

A three-year term on the RSU 13 board of directors held by Jamie Doubleday is up for election this year. Doubleday has taken out nomination papers to run for re-election. Challenger Darryl Sanborn has returned nomination papers to run against her.

Nomination papers must be returned to the town office by Monday, May 2 with between 25 and 100 signatures.