Voting June 12

Slightly increased budget set for Waldoboro voters

By Beth A. Birmingham | May 15, 2018
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Town Manager Julie Keizer during a Waldoboro Board of Selectmen's meeting March 14.

Waldoboro — Waldoboro residents will be asked to approve less than a 1 percent increase in the 2018-2019 municipal budget at their referendum town meeting June 12.

Joint budget review meetings of the Board of Selectmen and the Budget Committee were held in March, and a proposed budget was approved.

The net proposed budget of $2,203,151 represents an overall increase of $99,984 from last year's $2,103,167 budget.

The total proposed expenditure, budgeted at $4,628,433, is an increase of $37,838 over last year.

Revenues were estimated at $2,425,282, a decrease of $62,146 from last year, to offset the expenditures.

"We changed how things are done," Town Manager Julie Keizer said, noting how smooth the budgetary process was, taking only two meetings to complete.

The slight increase was due to expenditures in the salaries and benefits category. Those include:

-- a 2 percent cost-of-living raise, pursuant to contracts in place;

-- step increases for the new finance director, recreation director and town manager, in addition to budgeting step increases for the assessor, EMS director and the Public Works director;

-- an increase of $19,281 in EMS salaries to realign a per-diem to a full-time position;

-- an increase in police salaries includeing cost of living raises, contractual increases and overtime based on expenditures;

-- an increase in Planning & Development due to increased hours in code enforcement and a shared service arrangement with Wiscasset;

-- and two new employees now on health benefits.

Keizer said she wants to bring the two boards back together before next year to discuss how to fund capital projects going forward.

"We tend to want to save money to do things," she said, "during that time, people come and go and they've potentially paid for something they're never going to see."

"It will be a philosophical-fiscal discussion," she said.

Candidates for open municipal positions that will also be voted on at the referendum town meeting include incumbents Abden Simmons and Katie Winchenbach and challenger Seth Hall seeking election to fill two seats on the Board of Selectmen; Lynda Letteney and Sandra O'Farrell to fill two seats on the RSU 40 Board of Directors, each for a three-year term; Jeffrey McNelly and Gordon Webster to fill two, three-year terms on the Utility District Board of Trustees; Michael Thayer for a one-year term on the Utility District; and Arvin Roen to fill one of three, three-year terms on the Budget Committee.

Voters will also be asked to consider an ordinance that would prohibit retail marijuana social clubs and establishments in the town of Waldoboro.

Voting will be held at the annual referendum town meeting Tuesday, June 12, 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.

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