Adding a full-time police officer and a third shift for EMS coverage during the summer contributed to the 4.63 percent increase in the municipal budget facing Waldoboro residents at their referendum town meeting June 11.

The net proposed budget of $2,328,276 represents an overall increase of $103,125 from last year's $2,225,152 budget.

The total proposed expenditure, budgeted at $4,959,418, is an increase of $308,984, or 6.64 percent, over last year.

Revenues were estimated at $2,631,142, an increase of $205,860, or 8.49 percent, from last year, to offset the expenditures.

According to Town Manager Julie Keizer, adding a position to the police department will help reduce overtime and adjust for reserve officer usage. She said it also included a wage adjustment with union contract negotiations, which will help retain and attract officers.

Keizer said Waldoboro officers were the lowest-paid in Lincoln County.

She said that adding a third shift for EMS staffing during the summer will be offset by revenues generated by the department.

While Keizer said revenues include anticipated increased municipal revenue-sharing, interest earnings being up 39 percent and an uptick in registration fees and excise taxes, other expenditures affecting the increase include a 3 percent increase for Public Works employees and a 2 percent cost-of-living raise, pursuant to contracts in place.

Of several municipal positions up for election in June, the only contested race will be for a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen.

Incumbent Robert Butler is seeking reelection against Sandra O'Farrell.

Incumbent Danny Jackson is the sole nominee for a three-year term on the Regional School Unit 40 Board of Directors, and incumbent Michael Thayer turned in nomination papers April 12 for a three-year term on the Utility District Board of Trustees.

There are two candidates to fill three, three-year terms on the Budget Committee, with incumbent Valdemar Skov and Seth Blodgett seeking election.

William Pratt and Gordon Webster are seeking election to two-year and one-year terms, respectively, on the Budget Committee.

Voting will be held Tuesday, June 11, at the Municipal Building. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.