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Brownville residents to weigh budget plans Monday

Article from Bangor Daily News, Saturday, March 13, 2004

By Diana Bowley
of the NEWS Staff

BROWNVILLE - The Board of Selectmen and the Budget Committee have presented different funding proposals for consideration by residents at the annual town meeting to be held Monday, March 15.Selectmen have proposed a budget of $749,451 while the Budget Committee has recommended a spending plan of $764,601. The difference centers on funds for administrative capital reserves, highway equipment and the Fire Department.

Both the Budget Committee and selectmen feel very strongly about adequately preparing for the needs of the town but they differ in how best to meet those needs, Sophia Wilson, town manager, said this week. The Budget Committee felt strongly to fund the entire capital budget starting this year at $34,850 while selectmen favor a phased-in approach by budgeting $20,500 for future equipment needs.

The budget committee also recommended $800 for social service agencies while selectmen proposed no funds.

Action at the meeting at 7 p.m. Monday will include retiring debts on the highway truck and loader.

Residents will be asked to raise more for Penquis Solid Waste because of required changes needed to comply with state regulations regarding ash removal.

Residents also will decide whether to take $25,000 from surplus and place it in reserve 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 week approved the same article. The funds would not be committed to the project unless residents so voted.

Town officials have proposed applying $80,000 from the approximately $400,000 surplus account to reduce the tax rate which is currently set at $23.28 per $1,000 valuation. The estimated mill rate under the Budget Committee's plan would be $23.67 per $1,000 valuation as opposed to an estimated $23.20 per $1,000 valuation under the selectmen's spending plan. Those figures are based on estimated school costs.

Also during the 48-article warrant, residents will act on a water department budget of $200,153 and a sewer department budget of $114,179.

Polls for municipal election will be open from noon to 5 p.m. at the Brownville Junction Alumni Building. Walter Durant is seeking a seat on the Board of Selectmen being vacated by Bob Hamlin.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.