The new Board of Selectmen for Waldoboro has agreed to hold a special workshop June 29 to educate voters on the impact of the sole failed item from the June 9 referendum vote.

Selectmen deliberated at their June 23 meeting whether an open town meeting or another referendum vote would be more valued by town residents in the quest to pass the Office of the Town Manager budget, which failed at the polls by a 424 to 286 margin.

Residents voted against raising and appropriating the sum of $136,794 — an increase of $5,708 over last year; however, the vote allowed the town to continue operations based on last year's budget for the next three months.

Many residents have expressed their displeasure with the performance of Town Manager Linda-Jean Briggs — to the point of having circulated a no-confidence petition earlier this year.

Briggs explained following the referendum vote that the budget not only impacts her, but also other employees who work under that budget as well.

Selectman Jann Minzy said the voters must be educated on what is involved with the Office of the Town Manager. "There are three people and a number of duties involved," said Minzy. "It is important the voters know this."

Several in attendance at the June 23 meeting said the issue needs to be discussed in public, while some others felt the referendum would afford more people the opportunity to vote. Briggs offered monetary figures for both scenarios — a referendum-style vote with printed ballots and clerks would cost approximately $949, while the figure for an open town meeting with a moderator would be in the range of $773.

Selectman Ron Miller suggested holding a workshop to "start the process," and fellow board member Clint Collamore cautioned "the education really needs to be brought to the people."

A motion on holding a referendum-style vote was passed with four in favor —  Minzy abstained.

The selectmen strongly encouraged the public to attend the open workshop to gather more information and have input on the budget at hand. The meeting is set for June 29 at 5:30 p.m. at the municipal building.

In other business, the board elected Minzy chairman and Miller vice chairman, while Abden Simmons was elected chairman of the Board of Assessors and Katie Winchenbach was chosen vice chairman.

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