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Rockport Budget 2011
  • Published
    April 16, 2011

    Rockport hearing to set town meeting agenda

    The Rockport Select Board will hold a public hearing Tuesday, April 19 to review and vote on warrant articles for the annual town meeting. Following the public hearing, the board will vote to set the town meeting times as stated in the first paragraph of the June 2011 Annual Town Meeting Warrant. Currently, that paragraph is set to read as follows: "In the name of the State of Maine, you are hereby required ...

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    April 13, 2011

    Rockport approves grant for Avena Botanicals

    When they convene in open town meeting June 15, Rockport voters will see a public works budget that includes repairs to a section of sidewalk on Russell Avenue and the paving of Annis Lane. A position in that department that was open due to a retirement will not be filled and a large truck used for plowing will not be replaced this year. On the revenue side, the budget was adjusted by $18,485 based on renewed ...

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    March 24, 2011

    Budget Committee schedules public meetings

    As part of the ongoing review of the fiscal year 2011-12 budget, the Rockport Budget Committee will hold public meetings on Tuesday, March 29 and Wednesday, March 30. The proposal under discussion would increase the net budget 6.9 percent, or $172,297. Town Manager Robert Peabody said March 10 that the Select Board made a couple of changes to the previous year's budget, most notably in regard to capital ...

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    March 22, 2011

    Wages and benefits committee completes assignment

    The compensation Rockport provides to its employees falls generally in the range offered in comparable towns. That conclusion was reached during a presentation by members of the town's Wages and Benefits Ad Hoc Committee during a Select Board meeting March 21. Committee co-Chairman Peter Ralston opened his remarks by saying the committee had set a high standard for itself, but that the process was challenged by ...

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    March 22, 2011

    Rockport reviews harbor fees, plans hearing for town meeting articles

    A three-hour budget workshop Monday evening was punctuated by the regular monthly meeting of the Rockport Select Board. At the March 21 meeting, the board received a report from the Wages and Benefits Ad Hoc Committee, agreed to change the schedule of fees charged to users of Rockport Harbor and began a discussion of the relative merits of open town meeting versus a secret ballot to gain voter approval for the ...

  • Published
    March 11, 2011

    Rockport net budget up 6.9 percent

    When the Rockport Select Board meets Monday, March 21, they will review Town Manager Robert Peabody's proposed budget for fiscal year 2011-12. "Basically, if you look at it as a collective document, the overall increase in the net budget is 6.9 percent or $172,297," Peabody said March 10. Paving adds to budget increase Peabody said the Select Board made a couple of changes to the previous year's budget, ...

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    March 9, 2011

    Rockport committee prepares report on employee compensation

    The Wages and Benefits Ad Hoc Committee met March 7 to discuss progress in gathering data and review a series of graphs being designed by committee member Geoff Parker to display that information for the Select Board's consideration. According to its stated mission and purpose, the committee was formed by the Rockport Select Board to review current compensation of town employees using verifiable data, and ...

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    February 26, 2011

    Final Rockport TIF meeting scheduled

    The town of Rockport will hold the last of three community conversations designed to provide residents with a better understanding of tax increment financing districts on Thursday, March 3 at 6 p.m. at the Rockport Town Office. The meeting will focus on the fiscal details for the Downtown Tax Increment Finance District. Included in the discussion will be an in-depth look at the financial aspects of the Downtown ...

  • Published
    February 6, 2011

    Rockport sets budget schedule

    Although Rockport's annual town meeting is several months away, town officials and members of the budget committee are already devoting time to parsing the details of the town's budget. Departmental budgets were submitted prior to Jan. 12, and the month of February will be devoted to a review of those documents by Town Manager Robert Peabody and the individual department heads. Finance Director Virginia Lindsey ...

  • Published
    January 7, 2011

    Rockport resurrects downtown tax finance program

    When the Rockport Select Board meets Monday evening, Jan 10, selectmen will have before them a new proposed Downtown Tax Increment Financing Development Program. According to a memorandum sent to the board by Town Manager Robert Peabody Jan. 7, the two recent major changes from the program that voters rejected in June 2010 are the removal of the Credit Enhancement Program and the requirement that any funds ...

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