Waldoboro voters back budget, reelect Butler

By Beth A. Birmingham | Jun 12, 2019
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Bob Butler

Waldoboro — 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 approved by Waldoboro residents at their referendum town meeting June 11.

All articles passed, with the only close one being one submitted by petition seeking nullification and replacement of the town's Consumer Fireworks Ordinance, which was approved by a 279 to 249 margin.

The approval changes the ordinance to prohibiting sale, ownership, and discharging of consumer fireworks in Waldoboro, and limits aerial fireworks displays for public viewing, set off by nonprofit organizations, between 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Waldoboro Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day and New Year’s Eve, by written permit.

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 includes a wage adjustment with union contract negotiations, which will help retain and attract officers.

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

In the only contested race for municipal positions, incumbent Robert Butler beat out Sandra O'Farrell for a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen by a 323 to 210 vote.

Incumbent Danny Jackson was the sole nominee for a three-year term on the Regional School Unit 40 Board of Directors, and incumbent Michael Thayer was elected for a three-year term on the Utility District Board of Trustees.

Incumbent Valdemar Skov and Seth Blodgett are the two candidates to fill three, three-year terms on the Budget Committee, and William Pratt and Gordon Webster were elected to two-year and one-year terms, respectively, on the Budget Committee.

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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