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Brownville mill rate expected to go up this year

Article from Bangor Daily News, Wednesday, March 17, 2004

By Diana Bowley
of the NEWS Staff

BROWNVILLE - Because of action taken Monday at the annual town meeting, residents may see an increase in the mill rate of 42 cents per $1,000 valuation in the 2004-2005 year.Residents chose to prepare for the future by adopting the budget committee's recommendation for highway reserve funds of $15,800, rather than the $5,000 proposed by selectmen to keep the mill rate current. Residents took a middle ground stance on funds for administrative capital reserves. Although selectmen had recommended $3,500 for the account and the budget committee had proposed $5,000, residents voted to raise $4,200.

The total municipal budget of $659,516 reflects an increase of $62,482 over last year's municipal budget. It is expected the mill rate will rise from $23.28 to $23.70 per $1,000 valuation, according to Town Manager Sophia Wilson.

For the first time in the past few years, residents approved $800 for social service agencies.

Residents were supportive of moving $25,000 from surplus into a reserve account to be used as leverage for a possible $1.1 million in federal, state and private funds for economic development of the proposed Eastern Piscataquis Industrial Park that would serve the greater Milo-Brownville region. Milo residents earlier this month approved the same article. The funds would not be committed to the project unless residents so voted.

Approval also was given to town officials to use $80,000 from the town's surplus account to reduce the tax rate.

Elected to office were Walter Durant, selectman; Louis Ritter, SAD 41 board of directors, and Linda Coburn, Allana Washburn, Gerald MacLean and Louis Ritter to the budget committee.

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