Warren sets tax rate at $19.10

By Beth A. Birmingham | Sep 12, 2019
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Assessor's agent Jim Murphy, left, makes a recommendation to the Warren Board of Selectmen at its Sept. 11 meeting. Also shown are Town Manager Sherry Howard, center, and board Chairman Roger Peabody.

Warren — At its Sept. 11 meeting, the Warren Board of Selectmen set the town's tax rate at $19.10 -- up from last year's $18.30.

Assessor's agent Jim Murphy made the recommendation to the board to take $150,000 from the fund balance to reduce taxes. He said the town realized $156,000 in additional excise taxes and the town's auditor recommended taking it from there.

"It's very doable," he said.

Selectman Brent Pratt suggested taking another $50,000 from the fund balance, which would bring the rate closer to $18.90, but Murphy said that would leave a negative overlay.

Murphy said trying to cover the school budget by cutting the town's budget isn't going to work.

The 5.7 percent increased Regional School Unit 40 budget was approved by all towns except Warren, whose residents voted 174 to 163 against the budget of $29,202,948.

Union and Warren have the greatest increases in student enrollments, as well as increased property values, which means they will contribute proportionally more than the other three towns.

The impact for Warren was up $287,546, or 6.36 percent.

"We need to finance the town and make sure everything is smooth moving forward," Murphy added.

He also noted that next year the town will lose .2 on the mill rate, as the homestead exemption is going up from $20,000 to $25,000, so he did not recommend taking more out this year.

The first of two Warren property tax payments is due Nov. 15.

Warren sets tax rate at $19.10
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